PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — We’re hearing from family members of an 18-year-old man who police say shot a SEPTA transit officer and three others this week. Police say he fired at officers on Arrot and Leiper Streets in Frankford.
Family members gathered to remember the alleged shooter.
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As they searched for answers, the suspect’s mother expressed her sympathy to the victims.
“They’re telling this whole story, but we don’t know what started it,” said relative Karen Harrison.
Nearly 48 hours after shots were fired from a second-floor window, loved ones of Zayheim Hartmann are still trying to piece together how the 18-year-old turned into a shootout with officers for a leg chase.
“He didn’t say a word about how it started. We just heard he’s returning the fire,” Harrison said.
On Friday, Philadelphia police issued an update saying they believe Hartman was involved in a physical altercation that ended when he opened fire, killing a man as well as two female onlookers. hit.
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Moments later, in an exchange from an apartment on Leiper Street, officers say he got into a gun battle with police and shot Septa police officer Ervis Onuzzi.
“We can’t reduce it, we can’t sweep it under the rug and act like it never happened. It happened and we can’t undo it and the family and everyone who was involved, It’s unfortunate,” Harrison said.
In a statement, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said: “I look forward to the full recovery of these four victims, and will be grateful that there were no additional injuries to civilians and responding officers. All officers fired. As such, we will ensure that there is a thorough, complete and objective investigation.”
As the investigation continues, officials say Hartmann was killed by police bullets, not a self-shot wound, as police had previously reported.
Keisha Jones-Hartman says she still hasn’t seen him.
“I still never saw my son. He’s been dead for two or three days and we still don’t know,” Jones-Hartman said.
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The condition of all the victims involved is stable.