Police are hunting for two men who ambushed him and shot a man more than a dozen times.
The violence has neighbors on edge.
Police are now hoping evidence captured on surveillance video will help lead them to the gunmen.
"I heard guns shots. It went crazy like pop. Pop. Pop. Pop"
One neighbor heard it, and the surveillance cameras nearby captured the incident as two gunmen fired 28 shots in an execution style murder that shook the neighborhood to the core.
"So I look out my window. I saw the fellow laying on the ground. I was in shock. I couldn't even move," the unidentified neighbor told FOX29.
It happened around 12:30 Wednesday morning in the 1400 block of Adams Avenue. Cameras were rolling as 30-year-old Jonathan Ramos walked up the street. Seconds later, two masked gunmen unleashed a barrage of gunfire that woke neighbors from their sleep.
"Oh my god horrible, because we never have these issues here. This is a very quiet neighborhood," the witness added.
"It was an execution style murder," said Captain James Clark of the Philadelphia Police homicide unit, "hHe was shot multiple times and while he was on the ground."
Police say Ramos was with a friend when he got a call to come meet someone on Adams Avenue. Within minutes he was dead. Police say the motive is unknown.
"Right now it's very much a work in progress," Clark said, "Hopefully we'll get those questions answered very soon."
Homicide detectives believe the two gunmen jumped into a waiting vehicle and sped away from the scene. Crime scene investigators scoured the area for evidence. Detectives hope this surveillance video might help lead them to the killers.
"No matter what he did, ok. He's a human being. He's a son, a brother. He might be a father. It's a young guy. No matter what he did. It's a life that we lost," the neighbor said.
No gun was recovered at the scene. Police believe the gunmen were wearing surgical gloves. Detectives are still reviewing more surveillance video from the scene.