Body found in burning car after reported shooting

Above: Star Watson grieves at the scene after police found a body inside a burning car Wednesday night in Olney. She said she believed the victim was her missing 24-year-old brother. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

The body of an unidentified man was found in a car which had been set on fire around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday on North Lawrence Street, near West Godfrey Avenue and North 4th Street in the Olney section of Philadelphia.

Police believed the fire was related to a shooting reported four hours earlier and just two blocks away, according to a Philadelphia Daily News report. Officers had responded to the report of a shooting on Roselyn Street near 4th Street around 4 p.m., but did not find a victim, according to a report from 6ABC, which added that witness said a passenger was wounded in a black car which then drove away.

Homicide Victim Found in Burning Car

Police investigate the car fire scene in Olney. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Patrol officers later spotted the burning car with the body inside, according to NBC10. Fox29 added that police are calling the fire suspicious.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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