Police release photos of three more suspects in Roxborough High School shooting

Philadelphia police have released videos and images of three more people wanted in connection with Wednesday’s Roxborough High School shooting, as the investigation continues to focus on potential suspects.

Video shared by police on Wednesday shows three masked men, each dressed in black, captured by cameras at a gas station and supermarket. They are said to be among the five gunmen who opened fire on Roxborough footballers who were leaving the school’s stadium and walking back to high school after a scrimmage on Sept. 27.

Police’s latest information comes after authorities issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for 16-year-old Dayron Burney-Thorne, who is wanted on charges of murder, criminal conspiracy and related crimes.

Police have not identified the three suspects seen in the surveillance video released Wednesday.

The Sept. 27 shooting occurred along the 4700 block of Pechin Street, which runs between the back of the high school and the football field.

At about 4:40 p.m., five gunmen emerged from a Ford Explorer parked in Pechin Street and fired more than 60 shots at the football players. The SUV was parked for six minutes leading up to the shooting, leading investigators to believe the ambush was carefully planned, said Captain Jason Smith of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Homicide Division.

Nicholas Elizalde, 14, was killed by the gunfire, and police said he was an innocent victim. Elizalde was a freshman at nearby Walter B. Saul High School who played on Roxborough’s junior varsity football team because Saul doesn’t have a team of his own. Before this year, he attended school in Havertown, Delaware County, but he was accepted to the city’s agricultural high school, and his mother said they planned to move to the city later this year.

Four other teens were injured in the shooting; three of them were Elizalde’s teammates on the soccer team. The other boy is a 17-year-old who, according to police, was the target of the shooting. He is not a student of Roxborough High School, police said.

After the barrage of gunfire, four of the five gunmen got back into the SUV, which drove away from the crime scene. The fifth gunman continued to pursue the 17-year-old but ran out of bullets and fled on foot, police said, and a sixth suspect, the refugee’s driver, remained in the car during the shooting.

It has been determined that the Ford Explorer, which had a temporary license plate from Delaware, was stolen. It was found in a parking lot in Southwest Philly the night after the shooting. A second vehicle, a Chevrolet Impala that police believe was used to transport the gunmen, was also recovered. It was found in North Philadelphia, police said.

Smith said Tuesday the investigation is focused on a group of eight people, six of whom were involved in the shooting. Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw has urged the suspects to turn around, indicating that detectives have identified them.

“We know who you are, we will find you and we will take you into custody,” Outlaw said.

The reward for information leading to arrests and convictions can be as high as $45,000. Anyone with information about the shooting can contact the Philadelphia Police Department by calling or texting (215) 686-8477. Tips can also be submitted anonymously online.

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