A man was shot lifeless whereas filming a video about Philadelphia’s escalating gun violence, police mentioned.
Anthony Merriett, 55, was gunned down at about eight p.m. Monday within the metropolis’s Strawberry Mansion part, the place he was interviewing individuals whose kids have been killed by firearms in the previous couple of years, Philadelphia police Chief Inspector Scott Small advised WPVI.
Merriett, of Philadelphia, was working for a manufacturing firm on the time and was shot a number of instances as he left a house the place he was “interviewing and filming” kin of the juvenile victims, Small mentioned.
The footage Merriett had taken was set to stream on Netflix, WPVI reported. A message in search of remark from the California-based streaming service was not instantly returned Tuesday.
Merriett — who was reportedly shot within the head, chest, torso and legs — was pronounced lifeless at Temple College Hospital, police mentioned.
No less than 4 photographs have been fired and 4 spent shell casings have been discovered on a close-by sidewalk and vacant lot, WTXF reported.
A bag containing Merriett’s manufacturing gear was additionally discovered on a sidewalk alongside two cellphones. Investigators are nonetheless in search of a motive within the slaying, Small mentioned.
“We don’t know if it was theft, if his pockets and cash have been taken,” Small mentioned.
No arrests had been made as of Tuesday. Merriett is from Philadelphia, police advised The Publish.
Investigators have been reportedly working to retrieve footage from close by surveillance cameras.
The slaying marked the 119th murder in Philadelphia this 12 months, in line with WPVI.
The Philadelphia Metropolis Council was set to carry a particular committee Tuesday on gun violence prevention, WPVI reported.
The assembly comes lower than two weeks after Mayor Jim Kenney and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw hosted their first biweekly briefings on their efforts to curb the town’s “epidemic” of gun violence.
“As I mentioned final week, 2021 is on monitor to be probably the most violent 12 months we’ve skilled in our lifetimes,” Kenney advised reporters. “We’re lower than three months in and we’ve already misplaced greater than 100 individuals to gun violence.”
Outlaw mentioned on March 17 that a minimum of 103 individuals had been murdered in Philadelphia in 2021 – a rise of greater than 30 % from final 12 months when a near-record of 499 homicides have been tallied. Town was additionally on tempo to “shatter” final 12 months’s file for the variety of weapons taken off metropolis streets, Outlaw mentioned.
The 499 individuals killed in Philadelphia final 12 months was the very best since 1990 — when a file excessive of 500 homicides have been tallied.