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Philadelphia Police Arrest Man Accused of Shooting, Killing Woman in Van

Timothy Barnes, 33, of Philadelphia, was arrested and charged with murder and other related offenses.

Police arrested a man accused of shooting and killing a woman who was inside a van with five other people, including three children, in the Ogontz section of Philadelphia earlier this year.

Timothy Barnes, 33, of Philadelphia, was arrested and charged with murder and other related offenses.

On Feb. 21, police were called to the 5700 block of North Broad Street. When they arrived they found Tyisha Timmons, 23, slumped over in the driver's seat of a white Dodge van that had crashed into a building.

Simmons had suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head and hip. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

At least five gunshots struck the driver's side of the van.

Simmons' five passengers, two women in their 20s, and two girls and a boy between the ages of 2 and 6, were also hurt in the crash though police say none of them were shot. The five passengers were treated for their injuries. 

Police initially said two men in gray hoodies were seen fleeing the scene after the shooting. They have not yet revealed if they are searching for a second suspect with Barnes now in custody.

Timmons' uncle Horace Timmons, told NBC10 the victim's twin sister as well as her niece and nephew were all passengers in the van at the time of the shooting.

"She's a bright young lady," Timmons said. "Graduated with honors from high school. Was currently working for the school board and UPS. She had two jobs. She was about to move into her own place. Conscientious. Goodhearted. Didn't deserve for this to happen to her."

Police initially said after Timmons' death they did not believe the van was targeted or that it was a case of road rage. After Barnes' arrest, they did not reveal a possible motive or if Timmons was the intended target.

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