Police: Man being questioned in connection to shooting death of 2-year-old girl

KYW Staff
October 22, 2019 - 10:22 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police say a man is being questioned in connection to the shooting death of a 2-year-old-girl that happened over the weekend in Philadelphia's Kensington section.

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Police are saying this is still a highly active and fluid investigation. 

The man was picked up Tuesday night in Chester and has not yet been formally charged. 

Police say it's surrounding the shooting that took place around 3:30 Sunday afternoon, when someone fired six shots from an assault rifle at a house on Water Street near Ontario Street in Kensington. 

Police say the weapon is connected to a car being shot up blocks away on Clearfield Street, but they’re not sure who the shooter was going after.

Homicide Capt. Jason Smith said 2-year-old Nikolette was in her 24-year-old mother's arms at time of the shooting. The mother received graze wounds, and a 33-year-old man, who was doing renovations inside the house, was also wounded.

Nikolette was shot in the back of the head and declared dead at the scene.

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CORRECTION: The spelling of Nikolette Rivera's name has been corrected.