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Joshua Butts was fatally wounded just before 7:20 p.m. Wednesday as he, his son, and another man sat inside a parked white Ford Taurus next to Harrington Elementary School, police said.
He was killed in a triple shooting that also injured a 6-year-old boy in Southwest Philadelphia Wednesday night was the boy’s father, police said Thursday.
He was 28 years old.
Joshua Butts, 28, was shot in the chest shortly before 7:20 p.m. Wednesday as he, his son, and another man sat in a parked white Ford Taurus next to Harrington Elementary School on the 800 blocks South 53rd Street.
Chief Inspector Scott Small said one or more shooters approached the vehicle and fired at least 12 times.
Police rushed butts of West Philadelphia to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about two hours later.
His son, who was shot in the stomach and lower back, and the other man, 29, who was shot in the chest, were also taken by police to Penn Presbyterian, where they were in critical condition.
Motive of Shooting
Investigators have not identified a possible motive in the attack but say the Ford Taurus had been targeted. Neither Butts nor the other man was known by police, who have not ruled out that the attack may have been a case of mistaken identity.
Patrol cars were nearby when the gunfire erupted, and after he was shot, the 29-year-old man, who was a passenger in the car, stumbled two blocks to a police cruiser at 53rd Street and Baltimore Avenue, police say.
Butts’ slaying was one of three fatal shootings in the city Wednesday. No arrests were reported, and the motives remained unclear in each of the shootings, which remained under investigation Thursday.
About two hours before the triple shooting, gunfire rang out on the 2900 block of North Taney Street in North Philadelphia, where a 16-year-old boy was shot in the neck and killed. The victim, Kadeem Green, who lived several blocks away in North Philadelphia, was pronounced dead on the scene.
Earlier in the day, about 3:50 a.m. Wednesday, a 21-year-old man was shot several times while he was sitting inside a Nissan Pathfinder on the 2100 block of Furley Street in East Germantown. Tyrell Jones, who lived on that block, was pronounced dead shortly afterward at Albert Einstein Medical Center.
The three homicides occurred as the city continues to grapple with a startling rise in the level of gun violence, and officials and community advocates search for solutions.