A hazmat crew was called to the scene of a known drug house after police say a person of interest in a murder led them to a second body.
On Saturday, police arrived at a building on the 1700 block of West Erie Street after a reported shooting.
“Family members who were looking for a missing person discovered a body in the basement and that was a 30-year-old male shot in the head,” said Philadelphia Police Inspector Scott Small.
The man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:15 p.m.
David Williams, Credit: Philadelphia Police
Police later questioned a man who they say is a person of interest in the case. Investigators say the man told police a second body was in an upstairs bedroom inside the same building on West Erie Street. On Sunday, the man led police to the second floor of the building where they found the body of a 35-year-old man who had been shot. Investigators say his entire body was covered with a thick, white powder, prompting them to bring in a Hazmat crew. Homicide detectives did not see him the first time they were there.
“He was not easy to find because he was actually buried in debris, trash and a white powder the fire department says is lime,” said Chief Inspector Scott Small.
In addition to the bodies, investigators also found six .45 caliber spent casings along with drug paraphernalia.
On Monday, police announced a man who is charged in both murders was in custody. Police identified the man as 23-year-old David Williams. Williams lives on the same block of the home where the murders took place, according to investigators.