Gunman Shoots Brother, Father; Police Hear Shots as They Enter Home

Two men were hurt as gunshots were fired inside an Olney home in Philadelphia Wednesday morning

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What to Know

  • A gunman shot his brother and father inside their Olney neighborhood home Wednesday morning, Philadelphia police said.
  • Police officers responding heard shots and a SWAT situation was declared.
  • The scene was cleared in less than an hour.

A large police presence could be seen responding to a North Philadelphia home Wednesday morning after investigators say a son shot his father and brother.

Officers were called just before 6 a.m. to the home along the 500 block of West Somerville Avenue in the Olney neighborhood for a domestic situation.

As officers entered the home, they heard gunfire, police said. The officers took defensive positions and called for backup. A barricade situation was declared at 6:09 a.m.

Inside the home, police found two men had been shot. A 38-year-old man was shot twice in the head while a 68-year-old was shot at least once in the neck.

Both were alive as they were taken from the home. The younger man was listed in extremely critical condition, while the older man was listed as stable, police said.

Police then proceeded to arrest an unidentified resident of the home and recover a gun. Investigators said he is the son and brother of the gunshot victims. The suspect's mother was home at the time, but not hurt.

Just after 6:30 a.m., SWAT officers could be seen pulling back from the home. The scene was officially cleared just after 6:45 a.m.

No officers were injured and none of them shot anyone, investigators said.

There are additional resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.

If you or someone you know is facing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence hotline for help at (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or go to for more. States often have domestic violence hotlines, as well.

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