Terrifying footage shows masked man in black open fire on Philly street in broad daylight

Some of the horrific crimes that have occurred in Philadelphia in recent days have left the public in complete and utter shock.

Case in point: On Wednesday a black suspect tried to murder another black man in broad daylight.

Surveillance footage shows a dark blue or purple van pulling up to the side of a grocery store and the suspect popping out of it dressed in a black hoodie, black sweatpants, black sneakers, purple latex gloves, and a black mask.

The suspect then runs up to the grocery store and begins firing shots at a black man who it appears had been on a scooter.

The victim apparently falls off the bike, but quickly pulls himself back up and rushes inside the grocery store. The suspect runs up to the door, opens it, and tries firing indoors but then suddenly quickly backs away and accidentally trips over the scooter.

It’s not clear what caused him to back away, but it’s presumed the victim had fired back.

The suspect then flees the scene, and so does the victim.

Watch:

According to a press release from the PPD, the victim, identified as a 34-year-old black man, was shot in both legs. He apparently eventually made it to a nearby hospital and was listed in stable condition at the time of the release’s publication.

As for the suspect, he’s been described as being a “black male” with a “thin build” wearing a “black balaclava style mask, black hoody, black sweatpants, purple latex gloves, black Under Armour brand sneakers.”

The vehicle he popped out of, meanwhile, has been described as a blue Hyundai Sante Fe with a MyFlorida.com license plate.

While the grocery store shooting has garnered extra attention because of the clear surveillance footage of the whole altercation, it’s not even close to being the most horrific crime observed in Philadelphia within the past few days.

Two days earlier on Monday, a black suspect raped a woman at a subway station while he held her boyfriend at gunpoint.

“Police said the attack took place around 4:30 a.m. on the platform of the Broad and Snyder station. The suspect, on a bike, approached the 40-year-old female victim and her 44-year-old boyfriend and made brief small talk before pulling a black Glock handgun with a green slide and an extended magazine,” The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“As the suspect assaulted the female victim on a bench, he pointed the gun at her boyfriend, who put his hands up and ‘was made to watch,'” the Inquirer added, quoting PPD Capt. James Kearney.

The only good news is that a person of interest — presumably the suspect — was taken into custody on Wednesday.

“A person of interest in the rape of a woman on the platform of a South Philadelphia subway station was taken into custody Wednesday morning. … The person, whose name has not been released, was taken to the Special Victims Unit for questioning, the department said in a statement Wednesday morning,” the Inquirer confirmed.

These two horrific crimes are, sadly, a perfect portrait of what it’s like to live in modern-day Philadelphia, a Democrat-run city whose name has become synonymous with crime.

Just how bad is it? So much so that by Tuesday, 300 people had already been killed via homicide.

“Police said the year’s 300th killing occurred just before 10 p.m. Monday in West Philadelphia, when 18-year-old Lameer Boyd was fatally shot while standing on the 500 block of South 52nd Street. Investigators recovered more than 50 rounds at the scene from three guns, said Chief Inspector Frank Vanore, and detectives were seeking video and other evidence to learn more about the crime. No one was arrested,” according to the Inquirer.

“The killing meant the city has reached 300 annual homicides at a rate surpassed only by last year, when the troubling milestone was reached on July 16. By the end of 2021, police said 562 people had been slain in homicides, the highest total in at least half a century.”

Not that Democrat Mayor Jim Kenney seems to care (nor does the district attorney, for that matter):

“I have not spoken specifically to families. I have spoken to the officers involved in the shootings but have not spoken individually to people,” the mayor said this week to local media.

“I’ve never met with any families in almost seven years,” he added.

But he did have time to meet then-incarcerated rapper Meek Mill in 2018.

“Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney met with Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, for about an hour Wednesday morning, a Kenney spokeswoman said in an email,” local station WCAU reported at the time.

“The mayor … believes that Robert would better serve the community outside of prison, and that his case makes clear and urgent the desperate need to continue working with our partners to reform our criminal justice system,” the spokesperson said.

As in reform it to be more lenient to criminals, never mind the victims of said criminals …

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