Homicide detectives said they are unraveling a deadly shooting in North Philadelphia in which two people were killed and two others were wounded.
It happened on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. in the 3000 block of North 8th Street. Police officers from the 25th District rushed to the location in response to a report of gunfire. When they arrived at the scene they found two males suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
One of the victims, identified as Craig Lassiter, 38, of the same location was pronounced dead at the scene by responding medics. A second victim, Duane Talley, 36, of the 1200 block of West Seltzer Street was rushed to Temple University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:09 p.m.
A third victim, a 31-year-old Black male was taken to Temple University hospital with a gunshot wound to the right thigh. As of Tribune press time, he is listed in stable condition.
A fourth victim, a 33-year-old female is listed in critical condition at Temple University Hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Police are looking for suspects and a motive has not yet been determined.
In an unrelated homicide investigation police have arrested a 22-year-old Black male, charging him with murder in connection with a deadly shooting that happened on Wednesday, October 5th in West Philadelphia.
At 2:08 a.m. in the unit block of North Robinson Street, police from the 19th District responded to a report of gunfire. When they arrived at the scene they found a 37-year-old Black male on the ground, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head. He has been identified as William Tyler of the 400 block of North Horton Street. Tyler was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:25 a.m.
Police later arrested a suspect in the shooting, identified as Richard Fox, 22, of the 6400 block of Vine Street. Fox has been charged with murder and related offenses.
Police are also seeking a second suspect in the case and the investigation continues.
In another unrelated criminal investigation, Philadelphia police and federal authorities are still asking the public’s assistance in capturing a pair of bank robbers who hit the Beneficial Savings Bank branch office located at 826 East Allegheny Avenue Monday afternoon.
According to FBI Special-Agent-in-Charge J.J. Klaver, at approximately 11:42 a.m. the suspects entered the bank. While one man remained at the door, the other approached the teller counter and presented a threatening demand note. The two men fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money in an unknown direction.
The first subject is described as a Black or Hispanic male with a light complexion. He is in his mid 20s and is 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall. He has a thin build, with a black beard and was wearing a tan zippered jacket.
The second subject, who presented the demand note, is described as Black or Hispanic male also in his mid 20s. He is between 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches in height. He is approximately 160 pounds, is clean-shaven and was wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and cargo shorts. One or both of the robbers may have dye stains on their skin and/or clothing.
Anyone with information regarding the suspects should call the Philadelphia Police Department or the FBI at (215) 418-4000. There may be a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects, and tipsters can remain anonymous.