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SUV stolen from off-duty officer in Southwest Philly found ablaze amid a spate of fatal shootings in the neighborhood


An off-duty police officer’s 2022 Toyota Highlander was stolen at gunpoint by a 15-year-old in Southwest Philadelphia and found ablaze a few miles away early Friday morning.

The carjacking happened on 56th and Pentridge streets in Kingsessing around 12:15 a.m., FOX29 reports.

The officer was parking his vehicle when an armed suspect stopped him, reached into his pockets for the keys and drove away with the vehicle, authorities say. The suspect was shot by the officer and is now in custody at an area hospital.

While driving north on 56th Street, the suspect hit three unoccupied cars.

Hours later, the Highlander was found completely burned out on the 5900 block of Delancey Street in West Philadelphia.

This was not the only instance of gun violence in Southwest overnight.

Less than an hour after the carjacking, a 17-year-old boy was killed in what police called an “execution style” shooting while leaving a Chinese take-out restaurant on South 61st Street and Buist Avenue, 6ABC reports.

Surveillance footage of the incident shows a suspect hiding his firearm beneath a car shortly before the shooting occurred, authorities say. The teen was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

This followed an incident where two teenagers were fatally shot on the 5400 block of Ridgewood Street in Southwest around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, 6ABC reports.

Police say an 18-year-old walked up to a 19-year-old who was on a porch and shot him. Then somebody came out of the home and shot the 18-year-old.

The 19-year-old was pronounced dead at Penn Presbyterian and the 18-year-old died shortly after he arrived at the hospital.

Police only recovered two spent shell casings, but say the teens were both shot multiple times. There were seven people inside the house, including a small child. Authorities were conducting interviews with them following the shooting.


This article was updated after it was initially published.





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