A Main Line teenager in a rented Mercedes-Benz was killed in downtown late Wednesday night in what witnesses told Philadelphia police was an apparent drive-by shooting.
Officers were called to 15th and Pine streets around 11 p.m. to find the rented sedan with multiple bullet holes and Denis Mohamed Jaward slumped in the driver’s seat, Philadelphia police said.
The teenager had multiple gunshot wounds to his neck, shoulder, arm and leg, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Doctors rushed him to Jefferson Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Denis was a resident of Wayne, Pennsylvania, police said. It was not immediately clear what brought him to Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
“It’s a tragedy,” Small said.
“It appears someone fired at least four shots from a semi-automatic weapon, hitting the passenger side and then repeatedly hitting this 17-year-old driver on the right side of his body,” Small said.
After the shooting, the shooter jumped into a Nissan SUV which raced down 15th Street, witnesses told Philadelphia police.
After a few blocks, the driver of the SUV hit a Honda with two women inside, then lost control, hitting two parked cars, Small said.
NBC10 has obtained surveillance video of the crash.
A mainline teenager was fatally shot in an apparent downtown road rage shooting. NBC10’s Cydney Long has new video showing the crash moments after the shooting as police continue to search for the shooter.
After the crash, two people got out of the Nissan and could be seen fleeing on foot, witnesses told police.
No arrests were made immediately, but police had a few leads. Investigators hoped surveillance video of nearby homes and businesses at the two scenes would help them track down Denis’ killer.
At least 20 miners have been killed in Philadelphia so far in 2022, according to the Office of the City Comptroller.
Entering Thursday, at least 229 people had been killed in Philadelphia, according to the police. That’s an 8% drop from last year, which was the deadliest on record.
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