Sources: Philadelphia police looking at link between deadly shootings near Roxborough High, Drexel University

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Police sources told Action News that investigators are looking into whether there is a link between the fatal shooting outside Roxborough High School and the murder of a man who lives near the Drexel University campus.

Action News has learned that investigators are looking into the possibility that at least one of the suspects involved in the Roxborough shooting was also involved in the West Philadelphia murder. Sources have not identified this suspect.

Philadelphia police are searching for 16-year-old Dayron Burney-Thorn in connection with the shooting outside Roxborough High School on Tuesday, September 27. He is wanted for murder, attempted murder, theft, obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence and criminal conspiracy, police said.

Police have also cleared surveillance of three other suspects believed to have been involved in this deadly ambush shooting, in which more than 60 shots were fired.

The fatal shooting happened at around 4:30 p.m. on the 4700 block of Pechin Street, as a junior football game ended between three schools: Roxborough High School, Northeast High School and Boys Latin Charter School.

14-year-old Nicolas Elizalde of Havertown, Pennsylvania was killed and four other teenagers were injured in the shooting.

Police say the suspects waited six minutes before jumping out of the SUV and firing. The Ford Explorer was recovered in southwest Philadelphia last week.

Investigators released surveillance video showing one of the wanted gunmen relentlessly firing at the teens.

Authorities would not say what evidence ties Burney-Thorn to the crime, but did talk about what they had collected as a whole.

“We have video evidence. We have two suspicious vehicles. We have a gray Chevy Impala that was salvaged.

Sources tell Action News that this case may have a link to a murder that happened near Drexel’s campus two weeks ago.

Police say 23-year-old Temple University graduate student Everett Beauregard was killed by a lone gunman just before 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 22 near 35th Street and Spring Garden Street.

The police also released surveillance video in this case to catch the shooter.

According to police, Beauregard got off a train at 34th and Market Streets, a few blocks from his home, after leaving a meeting with friends at a bar in South Philadelphia.

Investigators say the suspect circled the block for at least an hour before the shooting.

Not a word was exchanged between the two. Police believe the victim was chosen at random.

“Tragically, Mr Beauregard’s life was ended by this horrendous act of violence and for no apparent reason. This was not a robbery attempt as we originally believed,” said Captain Smith.

Philadelphia has a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in an unsolved murder.

Roxborough shooting reward increased to $45,000

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