Video: 2 suspects wanted in apparent targeted assassination of Army National Guard member

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Police in Philadelphia are trying to track down two suspects involved in the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old Pennsylvania Army National Guard member that happened back in November.

Authorities have recently released the captured surveillance footage showing two suspects running up behind the woman, shooting her several times and then fleeing the scene.

The murder occurred during the evening of November 10th within the Hunting Park block where the victim, Shaquira McCottry, was born and raised.

The victim’s aunt, Leslie McCottry, seemed almost numb when speaking to news crews about her niece’s cold-blooded murder:

“Shaquira – she was beautiful…She was in the military, and for her to get killed in her own neighborhood where she was born and raised- it doesn’t sit right with us at all.”

McCottry had reportedly just returned home from a trip to Atlanta. Those who knew her are seemingly perplexed as to why she was murdered in what appears to be a very deliberate manner.

It seems that those same sentiments reside with investigators, as there’s been no suspected motive or even suspects mentioned by investigators.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small described the scene where McCottry was killed, noting that the suspect had expelled numerous shots at close range, based upon the then-preliminary forensics:

“We found 22 spent shell casing many just feet away, some just inches away from where she was laying, which is an indication that the shooter or shooters were firing shots of her at very close range.”

The Philadelphia Police Department Homicide Unit released the surveillance video on December 8th of the November slaying of McCottry.

Be warned the footage is graphic.

According to authorities, the two individuals can be seen walking from the 1300 block of W. Clearfield Street before arriving at the scene of the shooting along the 1300 block of W. Wishart Street.

After firing a series of rounds at McCottry, the suspects were said to have started running north along the 3100 block of N. 13th Street.

Police are offering a $20,000 reward for those who come forward with information that can lead investigators to the arrest and conviction of the two suspects involved.

The Philadelphia Police Department Homicide Unit can be reached at 215-686-3334. Callers are asked to request Detective Pearson and reference case number DC 20-25-073280.

In other ongoing investigations in the city, police are trying to track down five suspected teenage suspects that were involved in the assault and carjacking of a 40-year-old woman.

Here’s the previous report regarding that investigation.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Philadelphia police are searching for five teenagers who beat a woman unconscious and stole her car in North Philadelphia. The attack happened around 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 25.

Police say a 40-year-old woman was getting into her car in the 1700 block of Wylie Street, when she was approached by the suspects from behind. The suspects then started punching her in the head, police say.

The victim was knocked unconscious during the attack. The woman was transported to an area hospital and treated for a broken nose and a concussion.

One of the male teenagers entered the woman’s 2007 gray Honda Fit and drove south on Wylie Street.

The four other suspects fled on foot and were last seen heading north on Wylie Street.

The suspects were described as five black men in their teens.

All of the teens were wearing hooded sweatshirts, with hoods up and surgical masks on their faces.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the police.

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Armed robber shot in the neck and killed by concealed carrying customer at Philadelphia restaurant

December 7, 2020

PHILADELPHIA, PA – An armed man met his match, and his end, on Sunday night, December 6th, after aiming his weapon at the wrong person, according to police.

A restaurant patron with a concealed carry permit, inside a Wing-Stop restaurant in the 2100 block of Cottman Avenue on Philadelphia’s northeast side, fatally shot the gunman during a robbery-in-progress.

A 53-year-old man allegedly intended to rob the restaurant when he entered the business and forced himself behind the employee counter. He then pulled a gun and pointed it at the restaurant’s employees, demanding they hand over cash, according to a report by WTXF Philadelphia.

A male customer in his late 20’s happened to walk through the door as the armed robbery was underway, and the suspect turned his attention to the younger man. He pointed his weapon at the man and demanded that he hand over his cell phone.

Instead of giving the man his phone, the concealed carrier drew his weapon and fired once, striking the suspect in the neck. Police told WPVI Philadelphia that the robbery suspect “bled out” and died at the scene.

Police indicated he had a criminal record, but didn’t elaborate.

The younger man remained at the scene, and police determined that he was authorized to carry conceal. He was further interviewed by police and then released.

Police indicate that he is not expected to face any charges as a result of the incident.

Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) Chief Inspector Scott Small told WTXF that the shooting is “likely to be very quickly ruled justifiable.”

Small stated:

“We do have his weapon. We know that just one shot was fired from that customer because we found one spent shell casing on the floor on the customer side of the counter.”

Police are working to determine whether or not the suspect in the Wing-Stop robbery might have also been responsible for two other armed robberies that were carried out in the area over the course of the past several weeks.

Local resident Marius Maiellano gave a frank statement to WPVI:

“The guy that was robbing the place deserved what he got, in my opinion. Pull a gun on somebody, expect to get shot.”

At least 23 people were shot in Philadelphia over the weekend, according to WTXF. The city has experienced over 3,400 shootings, and 453 murders so far this year. The number of shootings is 64 percent higher than the same timeframe last year, while the murder rate has increased by 39 percent.

This defensive gun use by a law-abiding citizen comes at a time when the city’s mayor is suing the state to overturn its preemption law, which blocks local governments from enacting their own restrictions on one’s right to keep and bear arms.

Proponents of overturning preemption want to, among other things, reduce the number of locations in which responsibly armed citizens can carry firearms, in effect, creating more soft targets for criminals.

In the lawsuit, they argue:

“Respondents have allowed, and continue to allow gun deaths and injuries to persist at appalling rates in vulnerable Black and Hispanic communities in our Commonwealth, and as a result, petitioners have lost the lives of their children, family members, and residents.

“Respondents are deliberately tying the hands of local governments, and people in the most affected communities will continue to lose life and limb so long as the barriers created by the Firearm Preemption Laws remain in place.” 

Of course, it’s not at all clear, nor is it mentioned in the lawsuit, how disarming good guys with guns, like the concealed carrier at that Wing-Stop, will make the city’s criminals less dangerous.

As a final note, in what was called the “dumbest tweet of the day,” at least some of the city’s resident’s didn’t approve of the self-defense shooting:

“That’s ridiculous. He has no right to be shooting that man. A so called ‘robbery?’ He was just trying to do right by his family we don’t know what he planned with that money!”

So called robbery?

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