A 40-year-old individual identified as Kimbrady Carriker has been apprehended as the suspect involved in a tragic shooting incident that took place in southwestern Philadelphia on Monday.
Kimbrady been revealed to be a computer nerd who was obsessed by firearms – even posting video a few days ago of children at a gun range.
Facebook posts from March 2022 show Carriker dressed as a woman, wearing a bra, hooped earrings and gold bracelets.
He had posted eerie articles to Facebook titled: ‘How do you know if an evil spirit is following you,’ as well as a photo of a map listing historic ‘black massacres’ throughout the US with the caption stating: ‘We kept the receipts.’
The devastating event resulted in the loss of five lives and caused injuries to two others.
Kimbrady Carriker, the suspect in the mass shooting was cornered in an alley wearing a bulletproof vest that “had multiple magazines” inside, Philadelphia Police said in a chilling update on Monday night.
He also had “a scanner and an AR-style rifle and a handgun underneath his body,” the force confirmed.
As of now, authorities have not established any known connection between Kimbrady Carriker and the victims.
The investigation is ongoing, and the motive behind the shooting remains unknown.
Also another unidentified person who investigators believe picked up a firearm and started shooting at the suspect has been arrested.
Details of what happened
The mass shooting unfolded at around 8.30pm when Philadelphia police said the 40-year-old suspect left his home and began shooting at victims.
Police initially said that four men were killed but early on Tuesday revealed that a fifth victim, a 31-year-old man, had since been found dead inside a home.
Two children – aged two and 13 – were also injured in the shooting but are in stable condition.
Responding officers chased the suspect and arrested him on the scene. As well as the weapons, a police scanner was found.
The identities of both the suspect and the victims have not been released.
While the motive for the massacre remains unknown, police commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a press conference that “at this point all we know is that this person decided to leave their home and target individuals”.
Motive behind shooting unclear
Law enforcement in the Philadelphia Police Department says they are unsure what the motive behind the shooting was.
“At this point, all we know is that this person decided to leave their home and target individuals,” police commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a press conference.
Ms Outlaw said as of Monday evening there was no clear connection between the suspected shooter and any of the seven victims.
“Absolutely no idea why this happened,” Ms Outlaw added.