Accused Philadelphia shooter may have begun his spree nearly two days earlier than police thought

The Philadelphia District Attorney said one of five shooting victims believed to have been killed in the city in a July 3 shooting appeared to have been shot dead nearly two days before the reported mass shooting. reported last week

The July 3 mass shooting in Philadelphia

FILE – This photo provided by Terrance Harden on July 29, 2012 shows Joseph Wamah Jr. Philadelphia authorities investigating the July 4, 2023 holiday shooting that left five people dead are now saying the gunman who killed Wamah Jr. nearly two days before the mass shooting. (Terrance Harden via AP, File)

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia authorities investigating the July 4 holiday shooting that left five people dead say the gunman killed one of the victims nearly two days before the mass shooting.

Kimbrady Carriker, 40, was charged Wednesday morning with five counts of murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon without a license and carrying a firearm in a public place, the prosecutor said.

While authorities initially believed Carriker killed 31-year-old Joseph Wamah Jr. in a home as part of a rapidly staged series of shootings, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner on Sunday said that an error prevented police from discovering Wamah’s body immediately.

‘”It has been established through information received from a source and corroborated by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office and additional evidence; that murder victim Joseph Wamah, Jr. was suspect. Kimbrady Carriker killed approximately 44 hours before the mass shooting,” Krasner’s office said in a statement.

Authorities said Philadelphia Police responded to a 911 call about gunfire around 2 a.m. on July 2 on South 56th Street, about 90 minutes after they believed Wamah had been killed. However, the police were accidentally sent to North 56th Street so they did not find Wamah’s body immediately.

“The grieving family of the deceased have been informed of this new information and I cannot express the sadness I feel,” Krasner said.

A 2-year-old child and a 13-year-old were also injured by bullets and another 2-year-old boy and a woman were hit by shards of broken glass in a riot that hit a working-class neighborhood in southwest Philadelphia. become a place of violence. the nation’s worst violence around the Fourth of July holiday.

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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