PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Philadelphia police have released surveillance video showing the moment a 23-year-old Temple University graduate was shot and killed near Drexel University.
Police say Everett Beauregard got off a train just before 12:30 a.m. Thursday at 34th and Market Streets, a few blocks from his home, after leaving a meeting with friends at a South Philadelphia bar.
That’s when he met the suspect.
“Tragically, this horrific act of violence ended Mr Beauregard’s life for no apparent reason. This was not a robbery attempt as we initially believed,” Philadelphia Police Captain Jason Smith said during a news conference Friday afternoon.
Video shows the gunman walking down the 400 block of North 35th Street in Powelton.
Captain Smith said that as Beauregard walks past the suspect, the gunman “quickly turns and immediately begins firing at Mr Beauregard while his back is to him”.
The 23-year-old was hit once in the neck, severing his spinal cord, Smith said.
Beauregard collapses on the sidewalk. Smith said the suspect started running but fired another shot at the victim.
The shooter was last seen heading north on 35th Street towards Spring Garden Street.
Police say the suspect, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a light-colored face mask, is believed to be armed and dangerous.
“The perpetrator was observed by CCTV located in the area well before the 11:21 p.m. incident,” Smith said.
Those with leads are asked to call police at 215-686-3334/3335.
Drexel police said they arrived and found Beauregard lying on the pavement.
Police took Beauregard to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
“This was not an argument between Mr Beauregard and the offender. Not a word was spoken between the two before the perpetrator turned and shot Mr Beauregard in the back,” said Captain Smith.
The fatal shooting makes the students nervous.
“I feel like we’ve always known it was dangerous here, but this is like a wake-up call I think,” said Sophia Momah, a senior at Drexel.
On Thursday afternoon, the victim’s family released a statement, which read in part, “The Beauregard family would like to thank you for sending your condolences on the tragic death of our beloved son, Everett Beauregard.
Everett was always willing to help anyone who needed his attention, love and humor.”
Family members said Beauregard was finalizing plans to begin his MBA in the winter and was proud of a leadership role in support of the Democratic Party during the 2020 presidential election. Police said he worked for Wells Fargo.
Temple University issued the following statement:
“Everett had only just become Temple Made in June, which only adds to the tragic circumstances of his death. He had a very bright future ahead of him, and it’s beyond disheartening to know that we can no longer see him soar alongside his fellow Owls. Our thoughts are with Everett’s family, friends and the entire Temple community at this extremely difficult time.”
Beauregard was a former intern for Congressman Brendan Boyle.
“I am sorry to learn that this senseless epidemic of gun violence has struck a member of my team. Everett worked for my campaign during the 2018 election season. He was a major contributor to our election victory this year,” Boyle said in a statement. “He was a nice, popular and determined young man with a bright future ahead of him. We will truly miss him and join his family and friends in mourning at this difficult time.”
A stray bullet went through the window of a first floor apartment; it was stuck in a bathroom wall. Nobody was injured in the apartment.
The city of Philadelphia has offered a $20,000 reward leading to an arrest and conviction for this murder.
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