A suspect identified as Kimbrady Carriker, a 40-year-old Black Lives Matter supporter, has been arrested after allegedly shooting and killing five men in Philadelphia's Kingsessing neighborhood. Two children were also injured in the incident. Carriker was apprehended shortly after the shooting. He had posted pictures on Facebook of himself wearing women's clothing and expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to the police, Carriker was armed with a rifle, pistol, extra ammunition magazines, a bulletproof vest, and a police scanner during the shooting. He fired at police officers during a chase before eventually surrendering. The motive behind the attack and the relationship between Carriker and the victims remain unknown.
Carriker described himself as a computer engineer and showed an interest in guns on social media, frequently posting pictures and memes related to firearms. He had previously posted a video of a burning police car with graffiti that included the acronym "ACAB," which stands for "all coppers are b—–ds." It is unclear if he filmed the video himself.
Carriker had a previous criminal record, including a 2003 arrest for possession of a weapon without a license, carrying a firearm in public, and drug possession. He pleaded guilty to having a firearm without a license and was placed on three years' probation, along with a fine.
Those who knew Carriker, such as his former roommate Tina Rosette and her daughter Cianni Rosette, expressed shock over his involvement in the shooting. They described him as intelligent and creative but noted his aggressive approach to certain things in life. Carriker had reportedly taught self-defense techniques to young people but did not emphasize when to stop.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Police found numerous shell casings across eight blocks at the crime scene and are working to identify witnesses and locate surveillance footage to determine the motive behind the attack. The victims have been identified as Lashyd Merritt, Dymir Stanton, Ralph Moralis, Daujan Brown, and Joseph Wamah Jr.