Teen Boy Shot, Killed Inside His Father's West Philly Store

The 16-year-old boy was inside a business on the 200 block of N. 52nd Street when a gunman opened fire.

Friends and family are mourning a teen boy who was shot and killed inside the West Philadelphia store where his father works Sunday afternoon. 

Sean D. Jones, 16, was inside the Gary Global Links Video Productions store on the 200 block of N. 52nd Street shortly before 1 p.m. when a gunman went inside and opened fire. Jones was struck once in the head. Witnesses say his father, who works at the store, found Jones on the floor moments after the shooting.

"My dad was around the back and came and saw my brother on the floor lying down on his face," Sean's brother, Shaquille Jones, told NBC10. "They shot my brother in his head."

Jones was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he was pronounced dead at 3:14 p.m.

A weapon has not been recovered and no arrests have been made. Police told NBC10 they have access to surveillance video which should show the gunman entering the store though they are not releasing it at this time.

Jones was a student at Overbrook High School. His family had moved to Philadelphia from Jamaica in order to give the teen a good education. Loved ones say Jones was a quiet, nice boy who loved school and often did his homework inside the very same store where he was killed.

"My nephew is innocent," said Jones' aunt Diane Esty. "Why did they have to take his life?"

The incident was the second fatal shooting in West Philadelphia Sunday. A 27-year-old man was shot six to seven times in the face and chest on the 5700 block of Spruce Street. He was taken to Presbyterian Hospital by police and pronounced dead at 2:02 p.m. No arrests have been made.

Sean D. Jones
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