Police turn to the public to get a killer and his AK-47 off the street


Shell casings from an AK-47 lie in the street after two men were shot in Fairhill earlier this month. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Philadelphia Police officials have released surveillance video from two recent shooting incidents in Hunting Park and Fairhill which left one man dead and three wounded.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, police are offering $30,000 in reward money tied to the fatal shooting — $20,000 for information on the killer and $10,000 for his gun — an AK-47 style assault weapon involved in both incidents.

The 42-year-old victim was shot and killed at North 7th and West Venango Streets in Hunting Park at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6th, and a 36-year-old man was wounded in the same incident. NBC10 reports that Tyrone Rosser, a 36-year-old father, died from multiple gunshots.

Two more men were shot in the area of North 7th and West Clearfield Streets in the Fairhill section of Philadelphia at about 11 p.m. on April 13th. Police said the owner of a nearby take out restaurant was also injured by a bullet fragment when a bullet struck and penetrated the wall.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey told 6ABC: “You think you’re looking at Iraq instead of Philadelphia when you look at that.”

Gun Crisis Reporting Project staffers Joe Kaczmarek and Tara Murtha were on the scene in Fairhill. Murtha wrote about the incident this weekend at blogs.philadelphiaweekly.com: GunCrisis Reporting Project: One Year Later

Philadelphia Police surveillance video:

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More info:
NBC10: AK-47 Semi-Automatic Linked to 4 Philly Shootings
6ABC: Police: Suspect uses AK-47 in 2 separate shootings
CBS3: Philadelphia Police Say Single High-Powered Weapon Linked To Multiple Shootings
Philadelphia Inquirer: Police offer $30,000 reward in AK47-style shootings
Philadelphia Daily News: Gunman fired AK-47 45 rounds in two shootings