4 West Philly homicides push city past 11-year city record

Ian Bush
November 20, 2018 - 11:18 am
Four people were found killed in the basement of a home near 51st Street and Baltimore Avenue.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The killing Sunday night of four people in West Philadelphia put the number of homicides in the city above the 300 mark earlier than any year since 2007. 

Police Commissioner Richard Ross made the observation while briefing reporters on Monday.

He says whatever the number is, it’s too high.

"It may be lower the year before or two years before, but it’s still always too high," he said. "It’s always too high. It’s always ridiculous and it’s always unnecessary. We have to wrap our collective minds and arms around it in order to make a difference."

Ross said all four victims found in the basement of a home near 51st Street and Baltimore Avenue had been shot once in the head. Police believe the four were taken down to the basement and shot to death.

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"Sadly, all four of these individuals were executed. It is no ifs, ands or buts about it," Ross said.

Ross said all four are believed to be in their 30s. They also think one or both of the male victims were occupants of the home. Police have not yet released the names of the victims. 

Ross described his emotions as “disturbed, annoyed, and angry” — he says gun violence and  opioid abuse are vexing problems that keep him up at night.

"We're the poorest big city in the country. And anyone who doesn’t think gun violence and poverty aren’t inextricably connected is a damn fool."

Ross says gun violence is a problem that can't be solved by the police alone. 


Stay with KYW Newsradio for more details as they become available.