Who is Philadelphia mass shooting suspect Kimbrady Carriker?

Philadelphia district attorney Larry Krasner named the 40-year-old local man as the shooter who brought chaos and fear to the neighbourhood during the Fourth of July

Graig Graziosi,Rachel Sharp
Thursday 06 July 2023 12:08 BST
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The masked and heavily-armed suspect accused of killing five people in a mass shooting in the Kingsessing neighbourhood of Philadelphia has been identified as a 40-year-old with a history of gun offences.

Philadelphia district attorney Larry Krasner named Kimbrady Carriker on Wednesday as the shooter who sowed chaos and fear into the neighbourhood during the Fourth of July break, when residents should have been celebrating the holidays.

Dressed in body armour and a ski mask and armed with an AR-15-style rifle and 9mm handgun, Carriker allegedly opened fire in the neighbourhood on Monday night, killing four men and a 15-year-old boy.

Officers responded to the scene when Carriker was still allegedly firing shots, before taking the suspect into custody.

The DA said that the shooting was “premeditated” but that the victims were targeted at “random”.

On Wednesday, Carriker appeared in court and was arraigned on murder charges, where a judge ordered the accused mass shooter to be held without bail.

Carriker is also facing charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and simple assault, the DA’s office said.

No motive has been given for the attack, with investigators still trying to piece together the tragedy.

Here’s what we know so far about the suspect:

The suspect: Kimbrady Carriker

DA Krasner confirmed the suspected shooter’s identity to CNN on Wednesday ahead of the arraignment on murder charges.

Carriker is a 40-year-old who has had prior brushes with the law.

Mugshot of Kimbrady Carriker
Mugshot of Kimbrady Carriker (Philadelphia Police)

The suspect had a gun conviction back in 2003, leading authorities to believe that the firearms used in Monday’s attack may have been obtained illegally.

“He had a gun conviction back in 2003, and yet here we are looking at, you know, five people dead as a result of a mass shooting rampage, where he was well-armed and had another firearm back at his residence,” DA Krasner said.

The DA said that Carriker was carrying a ghost gun on the night of the shooting and that there is reason to believe that both that firearm and the AR-15 “may have been obtained illegally”.

Getting to the bottom of the source of the weapon will take time, however, “because the NRA has done a hell of a job trying to make it difficult for people to investigate the source of a weapon,” he said.

“This was someone who set out to kill strangers which of course has become way too common in the United States,” he said, adding that there is no known connection between Carriker and any of the victims

The shooting was a “random, premeditated deliberate killing carried out with an assault rifle,” he told CNN.

While officials work to determine what motivated Carriker to allegedly terrorise the neighbourhood, people who knew the suspect have started speaking out.

Spent shell casings are shown on the street in Philadelphia early Tuesday, July 4, 2023 in Philadelphia
Spent shell casings are shown on the street in Philadelphia early Tuesday, July 4, 2023 in Philadelphia (AP)

Tina Rosette, 49, spoke with The Philadelphia Inquirer about her experience living with Carriker.

She said Carriker was “really smart, intelligent, creative,” and was someone who loved to work on computer programs. Ms Rosette said she was shocked to hear Carriker’s name in connection with the shooting, and said she did not know the 40-year-old had a gun.

She did note however that Carriker had “an aggressive approach to some things in life” and would teach young people how to fight.

Ms Rosette’s daughter, Cianni, lived with her mother and Carriker and found the accused shooter to be “cool” and creative. However, she noted that Carriker did have a firearm and showed it to her several times.

”He was trying to get me comfortable around guns and stuff like that,” she toldThe Inquirer.

Police on the scene of the mass shooting
Police on the scene of the mass shooting (Reuters)

Cianni said she stopped talking to Carricker because she found the 40-year-old “pushy” about trying to start a relationship with her.

Ms Rosette said she believed Carriker had been in a “dark place” recently, but did not provide a reason why she felt that way.

The shooting

Shortly before 8.30pm on 3 July, a shooter with a handgun and an assault rifle opened fire on people in the Kingsessing neighbourhood of Philadelphia.

After police arrived, they found numerous victims at the scene and began treating the wounded and loading others into emergency vehicles.

The department estimates that the shooter fired at least 50 shots at the scene, hitting multiple vehicles.

Officers then heard more gunfire break out a short distance away and rushed to the scene.

Police work the scene of a shooting on 3 July 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Police work the scene of a shooting on 3 July 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Getty)

When police closed the gap they caught a glimpse of the shooter and gave chase, eventually cornering the suspect in an ally.

Once the shooter was surrounded, they surrendered to officers. Police said the shooter was wearing body armour, a police scanner and was carrying multiple magazines.

Police have not determined a motive yet and said they believe the shooter was firing at random and did not have intended targets.

A second shooter was arrested at the scene after they were believed to have also opened fire on the scene.

On Tuesday, police announced that this second individual would not face charges because they were firing back at the shooter in self-defence.

On 9 July, police revealed that the first victim was actually shot and killed almost two days before the mass shooting.

The victims

The victims were named as: Daujan Brown, 15, Ladhyd Merritt, 20, Dymir Stanton, 29, Joseph Wamah Jr, 31, and Ralph Morries, 59.

Wamah was found dead in his home of a gunshot wound, rather than at the scene of the street shooting. Police believe he was the first victim killed.

When officers first responded to the scene of the shooting at around 8.30pm, they had initially found four victims in the streets and took the shooter – who was still “actively shooting” – into custody.

At around 12.30am, Wamah’s father returned to his son’s home to check on him and found his body on the living room floor.

Police said he had been shot multiple times in the face and the torso.

On Sunday, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner revealed that the medical examiner’s office found that Wamah was killed around 44 hours before the mass shooting.

An investigation also revealed that shots were reported near his home at around 2am on 2 July – but police were dispatched to an incorrect address and didn’t find his body.

Kimbrady Carriker, 40, has been charged with five counts of murder after going on an alleged shooting rampage in Philadelphia on Monday
Kimbrady Carriker, 40, has been charged with five counts of murder after going on an alleged shooting rampage in Philadelphia on Monday (Philadelphia Police Department)

It was then almost two days later when the shooter killed four more.

In addition to the dead, two children, ages two and 13, were wounded by gunfire and have been hospitalised but are in stable condition. In total, seven people were shot during the incident.

One of the children shot was a twin who was riding in a car with their mother when the shooting occurred. The child’s sibling and a 33-year-old woman were also injured by shattered glass, according to police.

Philadelphia police commissioner Danielle Outlaw said there is currently no know connection between the victims and the shooter. She called the shooting “disgusting” during Tuesday’s press conference.

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