3 killed in separate shootings across Philadelphia

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MELISSA MITMAN

Three people were killed in shootings late Sunday and early Monday, including a teenage girl and a father who was ambushed outside his East Germantown home.

Investigators said 17-year-old Teryn Johnson and another young woman were walking a small dog just before 9 p.m. Sunday after stopping at a convenience store at Bridge Street and Oxford Avenue in Frankford when they noticed a dark-colored car following them.

“They made eye contact but no words were exchanged,” Philadelphia Police Inspector D.F. Pace told reporters at the scene.

One of the men inside the car opened fire on the 5300 block of Horrocks Street, hitting Teryn in the chest, according to authorities. She was taken to Temple University Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries a short time later.

Police suspect Teryn, who lived in Oxford Circle, may have been targeted, but they have not commented on a possible motive.

Several hours later, at around 12:45 a.m. Monday, officers called to the 100 block of E. Washington Lane in East Germantown found 37-year-old Daniel Ruley suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medics declared him dead at the scene.

Ruley, reportedly a SEPTA conductor and father of seven children, passed by a vehicle parked outside his house when he left to pick up his wife just before 11 p.m. Sunday, Homicide Capt. Jason Smith told reporters Monday.

When Ruley returned, he dropped his wife off in front of their house and went to park, Smith said. That’s when a gunman jumped out of the vehicle and opened fire with a weapon modified to make it fully automatic, according to investigators.

“We believe that Mr. Ruley is completely innocent,” Smith said. “He was mistakenly targeted, we believe at this time.”

In West Philadelphia, a man, described as approximately 35 years old, was fatally shot at around 11:15 p.m. Sunday near the corner of 61st Street and Baltimore Avenue, according to authorities.

No arrests were made in the immediate aftermath of any of the killings.

Elsewhere, a 30-year-old man was shot in the back at around 2 a.m. Monday outside Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub on the 9200 block of Roosevelt Boulevard in the Far Northeast, police said. He was hospitalized in critical condition.

Authorities said two gunmen shot a 29-year-old woman in the ear during an attempted robbery just after 1:15 a.m. Monday on the 1300 block of Luke Street in Nicetown. She is expected to physically recover.

On Sunday, at around 9 p.m., gunfire erupted inside a 7-Eleven on the 2900 block of S. 70th Street in Eastwick, police said.

A 24-year-old man who works at the store was shot in the neck and right arm. Officers rushed him to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in critical condition.

The altercation began when the employee asked to see identification from two men who were attempting to buy tobacco products, according to NBC10.

 

Man in custody after SEPTA killing

Police said Monday afternoon that a man has been apprehended in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred Saturday afternoon on the underground SEPTA trolley platform at 19th and Market streets in Center City.

A 64-year-old man died after being shot in the head, shoulder, back and hand at around 2:15 p.m., authorities said.

The PPD released surveillance images Sunday of the suspect, and a video shows him firing off multiple rounds at close range.

A man fitting the shooter’s description was taken into custody Monday, and investigators also found a gun, police said. No further information was released.

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