By Bill Gelman
On Tuesday, at approximately 8:24 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the area of 12th and Ritner streets for a radio call of a person with a gun gunshots. On location, officers located two victims lying on the street with chest wounds, officer Tanya Little of the Philadelphia Police Department Office of Public Affairs said. Both victims were transported to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital by responding officers. According to police, the first victim, Caleer Miller, 16, from the 1100 block of Dorrance Street, was pronounced dead at 9:04 p.m. The other victim, Salvatore Dinubile, 16, from the 2300 block of South 12th Street, was pronounced dead at 9:13 p.m.
Little said the investigation is active and ongoing with the Homicide Unit, with offenders being unknown.
Taking Our South Philly Streets Back is holding a candlelight prayer vigil 7:30 p.m. today (Oct. 25) at 12th and Ritner streets. The organization posted a response to the incident on its Facebook page.
“As we try to make sense of the tragedy that happened right here in South Philadelphia last evening we have no answers. What we have are devastated families and a hurting community especially our kids! As a community, I think at this time we need to come together to offer support and try to start the healing process together. Father Casey of Epiphany will be praying with us and we will have some candles on hand but bring what you have as well. I think this is needed for everyone at this time.”
This story will be updated as additional details become available.