Police: Man, 21, charged with first-degree murder for 'random' West Oak Lane shootings that killed 3 men

The Philadelphia Police Department is set to announce the arrest of a suspect wanted in connection with two separate shootings in West Oak Lane that left three men dead. 

According to police, the first shooting occurred on the 6400 block of Broad Street on June 28. Authorities say 20-year-old Zamir Cyrus was found on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds to his chest and neck. 

Derrick Jones has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder for deadly shootings in West Oak lane that police are calling "random," authorities say.  (Philadelphia Police Department)

Officials say that medics transferred him to Albert Einstein Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

The second shooting occurred on the 1900 block of 68th Street on July 7, according to authorities. 


In that shooting, police say more than 12 shots were fired at two men at close range, police say. 

Officials identified the two victims, who were both shot multiple times in the chest and torso, as 21-year-old Tyheim Tucker and 20-year-old Justin Robert Smith. 

Tyheim Tucker (top) and Justin Robert Smith (bottom) were both shot and killed in what police are calling a "random" shooting in West Oak Lane. 

Police say an arrest warrant was issued for Derrick Jones, 21, on Thursday in connection to the two incidents. 

Jones was taken into custody and a search of his residence led police to a handgun that matched the casings found at the scene, officials announced. 

Authorities also say police found clothing believed to be worn during the shootings. 

Jones has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, police say. 

According to authorities, police have not been able to establish connections between Jones and any of the three victims. 

Police say the shootings were "random acts of violence." 

Officials say Jones has prior arrests, including cases from when he was a juvenile and he was on probation when he committed the crimes.