PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police are searching for a killer after a double shooting left a man dead and a woman critically injured in Queen Village. Authorities are focusing on surveillance video, which captured the killing on camera.
The shooting has shaken this typically quiet neighborhood.READ MORE: Police: 2 Teens In Car Shot At Red Light In Philadelphia's Olney Neighborhood
“I live right here,” resident Cory Blumenthal said. “I could walk out at any moment and something like this could happen. You never know.”
Neighbors came home from a night out to one person killed and another critically injured on their block.
“I feel pretty safe, there’s cops everywhere but, you know, you see South Street on the weekends and during the week there’s a lot of people from the outskirts of Philadelphia and congregate toward down here,” Blumenthal said.
Police responded to Second and Bainbridge Streets at about 11:30 p.m. Monday.
Security video shows the moments a man and woman get into a Mercedes around 11:30, when seconds later, a gunman approaches the car window, gets out a gun and fires several shots.
“The spent shell casings were just feet away from the driver door of the Mercedes, so it appears the shooter or the shooters were standing on the sidewalk right next to this Mercedes, firing shots into the Mercedes through the driver door window. The driver door window is completely broken out,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
It’s not clear if there was more than one shooter. After the shooting, they drove off in reverse.
“I just woke up by the gunshot — bang, bang, bang, bang, bang — over five or six times,” Queen Village resident Vivian Men said.
A 34-year-old man was killed in the driver’s seat of the Mercedes. A 25-year-old woman, who was also shot, tried to get out of the car but eventually fell and was found on the sidewalk. She was taken to Jefferson where she is now in critical condition.
“Based on ballistic evidence, we know at least 11 shots were fired from a large semi-automatic gun,” Small said.14 Arrested On More Than 120 Charges Related To NorthPak Gang Violence In Wilmington
“I can’t believe that it’s happening in my neighborhood,” Seember Ityokunbul said.
“It’s obviously really concerning. It’s a nice neighborhood,” Ward Williams said.
Police say they don’t have a motive yet. No arrests have been made.
Philadelphia police statistics show Tuesday night’s deadly shooting resulted in the 206th homicide in the city this year. That’s an astonishing 40% increase from last year.
“It’s gotten scary over the last year with the violence, so we gotta figure out a way to get this under control,” Ityokunbul said.
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“This is a Philadelphia problem, a whole Philadelphia problem,” Germantown resident Jamal Johnson said.
What needs to change to stop all this gun violence?
“This has to become an emergency in the city of Philadelphia,” Johnson said.
CBS3’s Howard Monroe and Matt Petrillo contributed to this report.MORE NEWS: Wawa, 2SP Brewing Company Team Up For Sunfest Strawberry Lemonade Shandy Beer
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