Confrontation leads to fatal shooting in Wednesday night in Fernhill

A man with a child looks across the police tape. Photograh for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.A man with a child looks across the crime scene tape as police investigate a fatal shooting in Fernhill Wednesday night. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police said that one man turned over his weapon as they responded to a confrontation in which at least a dozen shots were fired on there 4600 block of Fernhill Road — and that a second gun was found at the dead man’s feet.

According to Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small, a 39-year-old man was found in the doorway to a basement apartment with several gunshot wounds to his upper body. Medics pronounced him dead on location a few minutes later.

Police said that several witnesses were in the apartment, including two children. A man who identified himself as a grandfather waited anxiously for investigators to allow the children to exit, but the dead man’s body had been blocking the only doorway.

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Police look over the body of the man killed in Fernhill section  Wednesday night. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Tom Kelly IV.

According to 6ABC, police said they found one man standing in a stairwell with a semi-automatic handgun and a dead man who had been shot repeatedly. Investigators said preliminary information indicated that the men had gotten into an altercation that ended in gunfire, according to

Witnesses said the dead man was trying to break into apartments, according to NBC10, adding that police said it was unclear if both men had fired their weapons. The report also said that homicide detectives were interviewing the 25-year-old survivor but that no charges were filed as of Thursday morning.

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