PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The son of a Philadelphia police officer was shot and killed outside a corner store Monday morning. Police sources say investigators believe 23-year-old Hyram Hill was targeted.
Philadelphia Police sources say they’re no longer considering the motive in this deadly attack to be a robbery.READ MORE: Dave McCormick Sues Over Counting Mail Ballots In Pennsylvania Republican Senate Race
Hill, a 23-year-old and son of a Philadelphia police officer from the 12th District, was targeted.
Police say there were two shooters.
He was shot a total of nine times, eight of them in the back.
Police say at 4:40 a.m. Monday, Hill had stopped to go to a corner store at Broad Street and Allegheny Avenue in North Philadelphia.
It’s believed the shooters followed him from his workplace, where he is a bouncer.
New information coming up at 6 in the fatal shooting of Hyram Hill, 23, and son of a Philadelphia Police officer. Sources tell me two shooters followed him from his workplace where he was a bouncer, and shot him when he stopped at a corner store at Broad and Allegheny @CBSPhilly
— Joe Holden (@JoeHoldenCBS3) January 24, 2022
Police sources wouldn’t get into a possible motive for the deadly shooting.
It happened right in front of a bus stop. Numerous cameras are in the area, providing investigators information on the movements of all involved.
The District Attorney’s Office was first to shed light on the killing at a briefing Monday morning.READ MORE: Decomposed Body Of Dog Found In Trash Bag On Train Tracks In Kensington, Philadelphia Police Say
This is what they had to say at that time.
“We believe it was the result of a robbery. There is video. The case is still being investigated, as you can imagine. The police are out there looking for video now. He was shot approximately nine times — eight times in the back — but they feel like it was a robbery. Apparently, he’s the son of a Philadelphia police officer, and he was home from school,” District Attorney’s Officer Chief of Homicide Joanne Pescatore said.
But now, police sources believe Hill was targeted by two shooters whom they say followed him from where he was working as a bouncer.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 President John McNesby said on social media, “Sending our thoughts and prayers to our officers, family, and friends. Very sad day.”
CeaseFirePA, whose mission is to stop the gun violence epidemic, says the city is on edge.
“There’s not a part of the community I think where people feel safe in anymore and our city is bleeding to death,” Adam Garber with CeaseFirePA said.
CeaseFire says its goal is to take a stand against gun violence, saying it starts at the top.
“I would like elected officials in Harrisburg to one, enact lost and stolen reporting to address illegal firearm trafficking that’s driving shootings, and two, empower the city and other local officials so they don’t have to continue to go to funerals. They can start solving the problem and focusing on saving lives,” Garber said.
CBS3’s Joe Holden, Kerri Corrado, and Wakisha Bailey contributed to this report.MORE NEWS: Heated Debate Over Who & What Should Be Allowed On Delaware River Splashes Into Public View
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