Police: 21-year-old shot multiple times and killed in South Philadelphia

A 21-year-old man was shot and killed in the Lowe’s parking lot on Columbus Boulevard Monday.

"I was coming to get some repellant for the squirrels. Squirrel took all the dirt out my plants today like he live at my house," said Betty Thompson.

Sean Brown was also coming to buy something. 

"I just came over to get a lightbulb," he said.

People showed up to Lowe's in South Philly Monday to buy household items. But Brown says instead when he got here the doors were locked and a sign on it. 

Fatal South Philadelphia shooting on Columbus Blvd.

Skyfox over the scene of a fatal shooting in South Philadelphia.

"Closed. Until 6 a.m. tomorrow," is what Brown said the sign read. SKYFOX flew over the parking lot of the shopping center at South Columbus Boulevard and Snyder. Crime scene tape roped off an area of the lot in front of Lowe's where police say someone opened fire shooting a 21-year-old man nine times. He died at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

"It's really crazy. It's disturbing," said Brown.

It happened around 1 p.m. Monday outside a shopping center with other busy stores like Miller's sports bar, Chick-Fil-A and a furniture store all close by. Brown stared at the chalk evidence markings leftover from the investigation. 

"I don't want to read too much into it but it seems like it's getting kind of to be a problem," said Brown.

The shooting surpasses the number of murders Philly had this same time last year.

"Hearing it every day we're going to lose a generation of kids. If they take and listen and stop and think maybe they won't be in the situations that they're in. It's sad," Brown said. 

Businesses have surveillance cameras but there are also police surveillance units throughout the shopping center parking lots. The gunman hasn’t been found yet.

Philadelphia hasn’t had this many murders in 13 years when the number of homicides hit 391. 


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