NORTH PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia police say a woman is in custody after a double shooting critically injured a 23-year-old woman in North Philadelphia.
Officials say 24-year-old Keyshlyne Patterson is the suspect in an attempted murder of a man and the woman July 31st, on the 2100 block of North Darien Street. She was arrested on Monday, more than two weeks after the double shooting.
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According to officials, a 23-year-old woman, identified as Jhayden Gunter, was shot twice in the head while sitting inside a car on the 2100 block of North Darien Street, July 31st, just before 10 in the morning. She was rushed to Temple University Hospital by police and listed in extremely critical condition.
A 28-year-old man was also shot several times as he stood next the woman’s car. He was also transported to Temple and listed in stable condition. Police said the man is Gunter's boyfriend. He was inside a store where, police say, he got into a verbal argument with a woman and, when he got back to the car, the incident escalated into gunfire.
"The female he argued with pulls out a gun, fires at him multiple times, hitting him in the right arm. As he runs from the car, his girlfriend is sitting in the front seat. Ms. Patterson goes up to the passenger side as the door is opening and fires a shot directly into her forehead," Philadelphia Police Captain John Walker stated.
Gunter just graduated from West Chester University last year. She now faces an uncertain future. Her mother, Heather Morris, is demanding justice. "There are repercussions to everything you do and this person has to be held accountable for the damage she's done, single-handedly, on the morning of a Sunday, to an entire family that loves her."
While she prays for her daughter's future, Morris worries for Philadelphia. "I don't know what we're going to do. I'm very scared for the city, at this point. It's a beautiful city, but this type of stuff happening constantly, on an everyday basis, is gonna crush this city."
Patterson has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, firearm carried without license, possessing instrument of crime, carrying firearms in Philadelphia, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.