A man was fatally shot while working on a video about gun violence in Philadelphia.
The 55-year-old was killed after he was shot multiple times around 8 p.m. Monday on the 1900 block of West Page Street in Strawberry Mansion, police said.
The victim was reportedly working for a production company filming the families of gun violence victims for an anti-violence video to stream on Netflix, Action News reports.
“This 55-year-old male was working for a production company. They were inside of a private residence. They were interviewing and filming some family members whose children were victims of gun violence in the last two to three years,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told ABC6.
The man left the home to get more equipment from his van when he was shot, authorities said. He was taken to hospital, where he died. Authorities have not released his name.
The man’s bag containing his production equipment was found on the sidewalk along with two cellphones, police said. A motive for the shooting is under investigation and no arrests have been made.
“We don’t know if it was robbery, if his wallet and money were taken,” Chief Inspector Small said.
Philadelphia has seen at least 117 homicide victims so far this year, according to the police department’s crime statistics, a sharp rise from previous years. There were 499 homicides in 2020 and 356 the year before.
The Philadelphia City Council is set to hold a special committee on Tuesday about gun violence prevention and children’s safety.
Earlier this year, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said the city had to do more to protect its citizens from gun violence.
“We’ve had enough. We have to come together as a community. We have to come together as criminal justice partners. We have to come together, with all the institutions and all the organizations and do better,” Krasner said. “This is unacceptable.”