Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said that the investigation about the Olney shooting was in process. According to a Fox29 Philadelphia report, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Frank Vanore declared that public information was a key factor for the investigation.
“We know we need the public’s help to connect all of the pieces,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Frank Vanore. “So what we’re asking for, we’re collecting video, we’re collecting other evidence, not only from that area but we’re going to other areas. We know people have Ring cameras, they have cameras connected to vehicles, cellphones. If someone captured something that day, we urge them to give Northwest Detectives a call.”
The shooting took place during broad daylight on the north side of Olney Avenue at Broad Street around 3 p.m. Wednesday.
According to police, the victims range in age from 17 to 71 years old and all are expected to survive.
Philadelphia police say two people were stopped during the police response to the shooting and were found to be illegally carrying firearms. While they were charged with weapons offenses, authorities say neither one of them has been linked to the shooting at this time.
SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel says three SEPTA police officers were assigned to the Olney Transportation Center and ran towards the scene when the shooting began. They were able to help four of the victims in getting medical assistance.
“Overtaking the dignity of life”
Three other victims from the Olney shooting were also transported to nearby hospitals and an eighth victim was later identified when he walked into Albert Einstein Medical Center with a graze wound to his stomach.
“It’s frustrating to know that we had police officers present, and I know the Philadelphia police department did too, I’m speaking solely for the transit police,” Chief Nestel said Monday. “We had police officers present and it didn’t stop this. Anger and revenge is now overtaking the dignity of life and that has to change.”