SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Police are investigating after a man and woman were fatally shot in Southwest Philadelphia overnight.
The incident took place shortly before 2:30 a.m. Sunday near 56th Street and Elmwood Avenue.
A 28-year-old man and 27-year-old woman, who have yet to be identified, were transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center with gunshot wounds. Both succumbed to their injuries a short time later.
“Sometimes misfortune comes to those that don’t deserve it and it’s just that they was those people,” said Tamir.
Tamir says two of his neighborhood friends were gunned down Sunday morning in Southwest Philadelphia.
“I just came out to pay my last respects to where they was at, that’s all,” Tamir stated.
Police say the man and woman were shot and killed shortly before 2:30 a.m. It happened on Elmwood Avenue near 56th Street. One neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, said she called 911 after hearing the gunshots and a woman’s screams.
“They were young, trying to be young parents and do the right thing for their kids,” Tamir explained.
Those children are now without both of their parents, according to neighbors and acquaintances.
“Everybody loved them and liked them around here. They were born and raised here,” said Tamir.
Tamir says the young parents lived in Bartram Village, a neighborhood across the street from the shooting scene. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are not clear. Detectives were back at the scene hours later in search of answers.
Police describe a person of interest as a dark complexioned, 5 foot 9 inch black man who is clean shaven. The suspect was reportedly wearing a dark hoodie with dark shorts and fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction.
No one in the Bartram Village community was ready to speak on camera about the couple killed, as all are still coming to grips with what happened. Police ask anyone with information to call the tipline at 215-546-TIPS.