Police: 4 people shot 'execution style' found dead in West Philly basement

Ian Bush
November 19, 2018 - 1:19 pm
Authorities confer on the scene of a quadruple homicide, where four people were discovered to have been murdered execution style in the basement of a West Philadelphia row home.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Four people were found Monday afternoon in a West Philadelphia basement. 

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said that all four victims  two men and two women  were shot once in the head. All were found in the basement of a home near 51st Street and Baltimore Avenue when police responded to a 911 call.

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

Ross said the row home where the four were found seems to have been under renovation, and a neighbor told officers he heard bangs Sunday night, but he though it was coming from someone working on the house. 

Police believe the four were taken down to the basement and shot to death.

The commissioner said officers have identified two, possibly three of the victims. The victims' names have not been released yet. 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. 

"This is an absolutely evil thing to do," Ross said. "Can't get my mind around the fact that you have people walking around capable of such vicious acts. ... I don't care what could have happened  there's no way in the world that people should have met their demise in this way."

Ross said homicide investigators are interviewing witnesses and family members to see if they can determine what might have led to this killing. They are also reviewing surveillance camera footage from the area to see if they can find anyone who may have been leaving the residence around 10 or 11 p.m. 

"This is a block that the police officers tell me they really never frequent," Ross said. "They don't really get calls over here. It's a lot of gentrification going on in this neighborhood, so it's unusual for them to even show up here."

There have been no arrests, and no weapons have been recovered.

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KYW Newsradio's Kim Glovas contributed to this report.