Police: Man handing out campaign flyers shot and killed in Ogontz

Philadelphia police say a man is dead after he was shot while handing out campaign flyers in Ogontz Monday afternoon. 

Just after 4 p.m., police responded to the 2000 block of Church Lane where officers say they located a 46-year-old man who had been shot in the chest. 

Police transported the victim to Albert Einstein Medical Center where authorities say he was pronounced at 4:24 p.m.


Chief Inspector Scott Small says the 22-year-old shooter and the victim got into an argument before guns were drawn and shots were fired. 

According to Small, the victim was handing out campaign flyers for the 2023 Philadelphia Mayoral Election. Mayoral candidate Helen Gym later released a statement, expressing her condolences. 

"I was devastated to hear about the tragic death of a canvasser today. My thoughts are with the family of the victim, the One PA community, and everyone impacted by this irrevocable loss. Though the canvasser was not part of our campaign, this loss is deeply felt by all of us," said Gym. 

Preliminary information suggests that the 22-year-old has a permit to carry his gun. Authorities say the shooter remained on scene and cooperated with police. 

Two firearms were recovered, and one man is in custody, according to officials.  

Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Philadelphia Police Department.