North Philadelphia Shooting: Seven Wounded, Suspect Detained

Philadelphia police have arrested and charged Tyheed Harvey, 23, in connection with a mass shooting in North Philadelphia that injured seven people, including a teenage girl. The investigation is ongoing as authorities search for two more suspects.

Key Takeaways:

  • Tyheed Harvey, 23, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and other offenses related to the mass shooting in North Philadelphia.
  • Seven people, including a 16-year-old girl, were injured in the shooting that took place on North Bambrey Street.
  • Philadelphia police are still searching for two additional suspects involved in the incident.

Seven Injured in North Philadelphia Shooting

On a Wednesday evening in North Philadelphia, a horrific shooting left seven people injured, including a teenage girl.

The incident occurred around 6:20 p.m. on the 2800 block of North Bambrey Street. Philadelphia police officers responded to calls reporting multiple people shot.

Victims Identified in North Philly Shooting

When officers arrived at the scene, they found two women with gunshot wounds to their legs. At the same time, three other victims – a woman and two men – arrived at the hospital via private vehicles. The victims included:

  • Three women, aged 46, 29, and 34
  • Two men, aged 23 and 19
  • A 16-year-old girl with a graze wound to her stomach
  • An 18-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her lower back

Most victims were in stable condition except for the 19-year-old man, who was critically injured with a gunshot wound to the back.

Gunmen Fire Into Crowd from Sedan, Flee Scene

Chief Inspector Scott Small explained that the victims were standing on the sidewalk when a dark-colored four-door sedan pulled up, and possibly three men exited the vehicle.

Over 20 shots were fired into the crowd before the shooters re-entered the car and fled the scene.

We believe they shot into this crowd intentionally and that someone may have been the intended target,” Small said. 

Very possible that several others or most of them were not the intended target, they were struck by stray gunfire.

Surveillance Footage Captures Gunmen

Real-time crime cameras and private surveillance footage captured the incident. The video showed the gunman walking down the street before opening fire.

The suspects then ran back to their vehicle, described as a 2004-2008 charcoal gray Acura TSX, with several distinctive features, including a missing front grille and damage to the rear trunk secured with a yellow tie-down strap.

Suspect Arrested in Connection with North Philly Shooting

On Thursday morning, police located the vehicle in East Mt. Airy. Undercover officers began surveillance and eventually detained a man associated with the vehicle. 

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel confirmed the arrest of Tyheed Harvey, 23, on Friday. Harvey was apprehended as he attempted to access the vehicle connected to the shooting. 

He has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, and related offenses.

Ongoing Search for Remaining Suspects

Police continue to search for two more suspects involved in the shooting.

Two suspects were described as wearing all-black clothing, while the third suspect was in all-white clothing. The investigation is ongoing, with law enforcement working diligently to bring all involved to justice.

Search warrants have been executed at several locations believed to be connected to the suspects.

Community Calls for Peace After Juneteenth Shooting

The shooting incident has sparked concern and sadness among the community, particularly as it occurred during Juneteenth celebrations.

Residents like school teacher Anna Johnson expressed the need for better conflict resolution and de-escalation tactics to prevent such tragedies.

Families want to protect their children, and so things can start off very small with children and become escalated when adults become involved because cooler minds are not prevailing as you would hope,” Johnson said.

According to the City Controller’s Office, minors constitute approximately 14% of the nearly 500 shootings in the city this year.

Commissioner Bethel also said that shootings and homicides have gone down by 40% compared to last year. He credits this drop to smart police work and the community’s collaboration.

We’re going to work diligently to bring in those who engaged in that violence, but also recognize we have a responsibility to have officers out in that area to minimize the retaliation,” Bethel added.

Police Intensify Investigation, Collaborate with Community

Police are still looking into the shooting and have search warrants for three homes that might be linked to the suspects.

They are committed to catching everyone involved and keeping the people of Philadelphia safe.

Both the community and police are working together to tackle the causes of violence and improve public safety through careful planning and active efforts.