Michael Salerno Philadelphia: What we know about the South Philadelphia carjacking incident

Michael Salerno Philadelphia
Michael Salerno Philadelphia

A Philadelphia man identified as Michael Salerno has been shot dead after police say he tried to stop three young men from stealing his car Wednesday night.

Michael Salerno who was 50 year old before his untimely demise, was attempting to prevent his car from being carjacked around 10:45 p.m. in South Philadelphia.

“It appears that the motive for this homicide began with a carjacking of a female, when the owner intervened he was shot and killed,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Details of what happened

The deadly incident took place along Porter Street, near South 12th Street, in the Lower Moyamensing neighborhood around 10:45 p.m., Philadelphia police said.

Salerno had just arrived at the location but wasn’t in the car when the attempted carjacking occurred, according to police, who declined to say whether it was near his home.

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Salerno was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:53 p.m, and police said the shot that killed him was fired at close range.

“The shell casing was just a few inches from his head,” Small said.

No arrests have been made. Philadelphia Police Lt. Hamilton Mashmond told reporters Thursday afternoon officers have recovered video from numerous surveillance cameras along the block.

Mashmond said the three suspects were last seen in a small, red Kia Soul with out-of-state license plates reversing westbound on Porter Street, and continuing to travel southbound on 12th Street.

Mashmond described the suspects as young men, appearing to be between the ages of 15 and early 20s, dressed in dark clothing.

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