Man Shot Dead Execution-Style In Philadelphia

A man was killed in an execution-style shooting in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Officers responded to a report of a person shot in the 2300 block of Tasker Street in the city's Point Breeze neighborhood at around 11:10 p.m., a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department told Newsweek.

When they arrived at the scene, officers found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the head. He was identified as 30-year-old Corey Jaynes, of North Philadelphia, the police spokesperson said.

Jaynes was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at around 11:25 p.m.

Police searched the scene, but no weapon was recovered. No arrests have been made and no suspect has been identified in connection to the shooting, police said.

No other details, including a motive for the shooting, were immediately released.

An investigation by the police department's homicide unit is active and ongoing.

Philadelphia Police also responded to another homicide overnight.

Officers responded to the 2100 block of Master Street in the Sharswood neighborhood at around 12.30 a.m. on Thursday.

Officers located a 31-year-old man on the highway. He had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the boy, police said, and was pronounced dead at 12.50 a.m.

No arrest has been made in that shooting and no weapon was recovered.

Philadelphia has seen at least 475 homicide victims so far this year, according to the police department's crime statistics—a sharp rise from previous years. There were 356 homicides in 2019 and 353 the year before.

According to NBC Philadelphia, this year is set to end with the highest number of homicides in the city since 1990.

Jerry Ratcliffe, a former British police officer and professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University, told the station recently that he believes shootings and killings are up in Philadelphia due to a drop in the city's police presence as well as less proactive policing.

Ratcliffe says he believes fewer officers on the streets for reasons such as coronavirus cases in their ranks or more officers being assigned to work during protests may be a factor contributing to the spike in homicides.

He also said officers could be less willing to make a stop or arrest due to the increased scrutiny on officers this year.

According to the station, shootings are also remaining unsolved at a higher rate in recent years. Only one in four shootings has led to arrests since 2016, the police department's data shows.

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