Gun violence survivor watches homicide investigation Monday night in Overbrook

Above: Gun violence survivor Ebony Smith and her grandmother Linda Smith watch as police investigate a fatal shooting Monday night in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police rushed a 21-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, but he did not survive his wounds after a shooting reported around 10:30 p.m. Monday on North Wilton Street near Monticello Street in Overbrook.

According to police, officers found the victim slumped over the steering wheel of a minivan. Investigators located a dozen fired shell casings on the ground around the minivan and on the roof, police said.

N. Wilton Street Homicide

Police investigate the homicide scene Monday night in Overbrook. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Ebony Smith and her grandmother watched the investigation from their front steps. In 2003, Smith was a 10-year-old innocent bystander who was shot in the head when a man fired on a group of children following a snowball fight, just a short distance from Monday night’s crime scene. Original news reports:

In an unrelated case, a 16-year-old was shot to death after a snowball fight in Feltonville in 2008, according to 6ABC.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.


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