PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Two people, including popular Philly rapper General Reezy, have died and four others were wounded in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday night in North Philadelphia.
It happened near North 12th and West Huntingdon Streets as a crowd of people were standing on the corner.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross says a suspect traveling in what they believe to be a gray or silver van opened fire with a high-powered rifle into a crowd of people. The weapon may possibly be an AK-47.
“As far as we know, people were just standing here congregating. We have no idea what this is about. All we know is that this is another example of senseless violence,” said Ross.
Police say 32-year-old Averill J. Davenport and 34-year-old Niesha Cooper were both shot in the chest. They were taken to the hospital where they later died. Davenport was a popular local rapper known as General Reezy.
Niesha was a mom of two children.
“It’s horrible that you can’t sit in the neighborhood where you grew up in and worry about somebody just coming and shooting it up,” said Tiesha Cooper, the sister of Niesha. “I don’t even know what I’m going to tell her nine-year-old son or her 13-year-old daughter.”
Four others were injured in the shooting, including a 30-year-old man who suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and is in critical condition, a 34-year-old man was shot in the leg, a 51-year-old man was shot in the arm and a 27-year-old was shot in both legs. They were all taken to Temple University hospital.
Police sources tell CBS3 this shooting may possibly be revenge for a deadly shooting at 12th Cambria last week where 17-year-old Quasear Burley was killed.
Mourners have stopped by to pay their condolences.
“I hope they find out who did it because this is just senseless. People telling you to go into the house because there is going to be gunfire, are you serious?” said resident Quanda Anthony.
No arrests have been made.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.