What to Know
- A gunman opened fire in the parking lot outside the Target store on 4000 Monument Road around 8:55 p.m. Tuesday.
- Three men were struck in the shooting. Daykwan Carter died from his injuries while the two others were left in critical condition.
- The deadly shooting helped bring the homicide total in Philadelphia to 31 so far this year, nearly double the amount at the same time last year.
A young father was killed while two other men were injured in a triple shooting in the parking lot outside a popular Target store off City Avenue in Philadelphia’s Wynnefield Heights neighborhood Tuesday night.
An unidentified gunman opened fire in the parking lot at 4000 Monument Road around 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, Philadelphia police said. Witnesses told NBC10 they heard at least eight gunshots.
A 31-year-old man was shot multiple times in the back, a 24-year-old man was shot multiple times in the shoulder and a third man, later identified by police as 25-year-old Daykwan Carter, was shot at least once in the face while sitting inside a white Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Medics pronounced the North Philadelphia man dead at the scene a short time later. His mother, who asked not to be named, said she believed her son, who left behind an 8-year-old daughter, was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Police officers, who were already inside the Target store for an unrelated robbery investigation, scooped up the two survivors and rushed them to Lankenau Medical Center where they were both listed in critical condition.
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Stacey Walker, a customer, told NBC10 she saw one of the victims run over to police to show them where he had been shot.
"The guy ran in there," she said. "He got hit and the cops threw him in the (wagon) and went to the hospital."
Police taped off a section of the parking lot and focused their investigation on the Jeep that appeared to have crashed into another vehicle.
Police later recovered two guns and four large bags of marijuana from the scene, investigators said. The shooting was likely the result of a drug deal or robbery gone wrong, police said.
No arrests have been made as of Wednesday morning and police have not released information on any suspects.
The owner of a car smashed in the incident returned to the scene Wednesday morning as her car was towed. She said if she had been outside just moments earlier, she could have been caught in the crossfire.
This deadly shooting helped bring the homicide total in Philadelphia to 31 so far this year, nearly double the amount at the same time last year.
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