Gunman Targets, Kills ‘Hard Working' Newlywed Waiting for SEPTA Bus

Police and K-9s rushed to find the suspect who shot and killed a woman while she waited for the bus at a North Philadelphia street corner Tuesday morning.

The unidentified suspect shot Kim Jones as she waited for the a SEPTA bus at 12th and Jefferson streets shortly after 9:15 a.m., said police.

Medics pronounced the 56-year-old woman dead at the scene — her body on the sidewalk, which lies about two blocks from Temple University's campus. Despite having jewelry, her cellphone and purse on her, Jones wasn't robbed, said police who suspected she was targeted.

Jones left behind two grown children and married just two weeks ago.

"She was a good person, she's college educated, the mother of two sons and a hard worker.," said nephew Steve Jones.

Family members said Jones often walked about one block to the corner where she died to grab the Route 23 bus to Center City where she worked for Turning Points for Children for the past decade.

"We are devastated by the news of Kim’s death," said Turning Points Chief Executive Officer Mike Vogel. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this tragic time. Kim ran our Families and Schools Together program that works closely with school principals and counselors, mental health and substance abuse providers, and community leaders to provide parent education and family support services. She was an incredible person and wonderful colleague who inspired everyone she worked with."

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead shortly after, officers with K-9s could be seen rushing around area streets near Progress Plaza as they searched for the suspect. Temple sent out an alert to warn students about the shooting.

Surveillance video possibly captured part or all of the incident. A SEPTA bus — that stopped short of the stop — remained at the scene as Philadelphia and Temple police investigated throughout the morning.

Police believed someone who knew Jones' routine targeted her. Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.

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