What A Tragic Fate
A West Philadelphia family of four were found dead inside of their family home. When the husband and wife didn’t show up for work their jobs called the cops for a wellness check. A married couple including their a 6-year-old and a 17-year-old sons were fatally shot.
Officers responded to the home in the 5000 block of Walton Avenue at about 12:40 p.m. That is when they found the family murdered, and the couple’s 29 year old son in his room naked.
“The employer of the male and female that resides here notified police that their employees did not show up for work, which is very unlike them,” said Deputy Commissioner Joe Sullivan with the Philadelphia Police Department.
The cops used a ladder truck which granted them access to the second floor. Officers from the 18th District went inside, and encountered the suspect. He alerted them that there were dead bodies inside,” said Sullivan.
When more officers arrived to the scene, they found a 51-year-old woman shot by the front door, a 17-year-old boy shot in a bedroom, a 6-year-old boy shot in the kitchen and a man shot by the basement door. All four were pronounced dead by a medical unit.
It’s reported that the suspect was battling mental illness.
“We believe that he is the son or stepson, male and female adult deceased members of his family,” said Sullivan of the suspect.
A weapon was recovered, police said.
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