Philadelphia mass shooting leaves 4 dead, 2 injured: Police
Kimbrady Carriker, the Philadelphia man accused of killing five people in a mass shooting in the Kingsessing neighbourhood on Monday evening, left “disturbing messages” on social media before carrying out one of several US mass shootings that marred the Fourth of July weekend.
The suspect, 40, appeared on Wednesday in Philadelphia County Municipal Court for arraignment on five counts of murder and other charges related to the Monday evening rampage, which appeared to be random.
The shooting unfolded at around 8.30pm on Monday when the suspected assailant, dressed in a bullet-proof vest and ski mask and armed with an AR-15-style rifle and a handgun, “wreaked havoc, firing with a rifle at their victims seemingly at random”.
Five people were killed in the attack: Lashyd Merritt, 22; Dymir Stanton, 29; Ralph Moralis, 59; Joseph Wamah Jr, 31, and Daujan Brown, 15.
Two children – aged two and 13 – were also injured by gunfire but are in stable condition. The two-year-old’s twin and a 33-year-old woman were also injured via broken glass.
On Tuesday, following a deadly few days, President Joe Biden called on Republican lawmakers to “come to the table on meaningful, commonsense reform” on gun control.
Kimbrady Carriker posted ‘disturbing messages’ online before Fourth of July attack
The Philadelphia gunman charged with killing five people over the Fourth of July weekend left “disturbing messages” on social media before carrying out one of several US mass shootings that marred the holiday break, authorities said on Wednesday.
The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Kimbrady Carriker, appeared on Wednesday in Philadelphia County Municipal Court for arraignment on five counts of murder and other charges related to the Monday evening rampage, which appeared to be random.
Investigators said they have yet to determine a motive for the shooting. Philadelphia Sheriff Rochelle Bilal said at a briefing on Wednesday that authorities were focusing on “disturbing” posts found on the suspect’s social media accounts.
She did not reveal the substance of those posts, nor what was written in a will for the suspect dated 23 June that investigators also discovered. Later when asked by a reporter, officials declined to comment.
Sheriff Bilal urged the public to alert authorities if they see extreme posts on social media.
“That is on all of us, not sit in silence when we see these type of posters that are threatening to harm us, harm our communities, harm our children,” she said.
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Victim was due to walk his daughter down the aisle at her upcoming wedding
A Philadelphia father was supposed to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding just days after he was killed in Monday’s horror mass shooting.
Ralph Moralis, 59, was one of the five victims killed on the eve of July 4 when a shooter dressed in a ski mask and bullet-proof vest stalked the streets of the Kingsessing neighbourhood gunning down victims.
Moralis’ former partner Tamika Veney described the 59-year-old as a family man who was looking forward to his eldest daughter’s wedding this weekend and was going to walk her down the aisle at the nuptials.
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Suspected gunman identified
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The US has recorded at least one mass act of gun violence every day, underscored by a chaotic July 4 holiday
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The victims of the Philadelphia mass shooting
Ralph Moralis, 59, was supposed to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding just days after he was killed in Monday’s mass shooting.
Lashyd Merritt, 22, had just stepped out of his house to go to the local store for food when he was gunned down by the suspect.
Daujan Brown, 15, was killed in the mass shooting while trying to help his friend who had also been shot.
Joseph Wamah Jr, 31, is believed to have been the first victim killed by the shooter in Monday night’s attack – but it was several hours before his body was found.
Dymir Stanton was 29 years old and lived on Frazier Street, where the shooter carried out their rampage.
Ariana Baio6 July 2023 06:00
America marks July 4 – with a string of mass shootings
Over the course of the long holiday weekend from Friday evening through to Wednesday morning, the US endured at least 16 mass shootings, according to the Gun Violence Archive (GVA).
The shootings spanned all corners of the nation, from Texas to Washington DC to Illinois and beyond, leaving at least 15 people dead and another 94 injured.
The weekend of shootings came on the one-year anniversary of the horrific mass shooting where a gunman killed seven people at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
President Joe Biden responded to the latest round of gun violence by once again calling on Congress to take action with common-sense gun control reform.
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Grandmother of Philadelphia mass shooting suspect Kimbrady Carriker says he was ‘hurting’
Kimbrady Carriker used to visit his elderly grandmother at her home in Philadelphia every week to help her with grocery shopping and getting her computer tablet to work.
But the visits stopped suddenly about a month ago, she told The Independent in an interview on Wednesday.
“That was unusual,” the grandmother, who identified her surname as Carriker but asked that her first name be withheld, said.
“That’s what I’m trying to figure out, what happened for him to snap like that. What happened?” she told The Independent. “Nobody’s going to get up out of the blue and kill people. You have to have something going wrong in your life.”
When she first heard about the shooting, Carriker’s grandmother said it reminded her of the first person shooter video games that he used to play for hours on end.
She told The Independent that she had never known of Carriker being in trouble with police, and hadn’t been aware he had been charged with gun offences in 2003.
Carriker was a very creative person, who was good with computers and graphic design, she said.
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Who is Philadelphia mass shooting suspect?
The masked and heavily armed suspect accused of killing five people in a mass shooting in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Philadelphia has been identified as a 40-year-old with a history of gun offences.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner named Kimbrady Carriker on Wednesday as the shooter who sowed chaos and fear into the neighbourhood during the July 4 break, when residents should have been celebrating the holidays.
Dressed in body armour and a ski mask and armed with an AR-15-style rifle and 9mm handgun, Carriker allegedly opened fire in the neighbourhood on Monday night, killing four men and a 15-year-old boy.
Officers responded to the scene when Carriker was still allegedly firing shots, before taking the suspect into custody.
The DA said that the shooting was “premeditated” but that the victims were targeted at “random”.
Ariana Baio6 July 2023 02:00
Suspected shooter’s social media pages showed his affinity for firearms
The suspected shooter, accused of killing five people and injuring two others, often posted on his social media pages about firearms.
Kimbrady Carriker, 40, posted on social media promoting his Second Amendment rights and shared pro-gun rhetoric, according to CNN.
The suspected gunman also praised former president Donald Trump while mocking President Joe Biden. He accused Mr Biden of trying to revoke his access to firearms.
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