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Man fatally shot in Philadelphia after answering knock at front door while family was upstairs: reports


By EmilyAnn Jackman | (TNS)

A man died Thursday night after answering the front door of his Northeast Philadelphia townhome and finding gunmen standing there, according to news reports.

He was shot and killed by the gunmen Thursday night with his family hearing the gunshots from upstairs, including his children, under the age of 10, and their mother.

Reports of gun shots began to pour in around 11:30 p.m. at the Regency Townhomes located on Woodhaven Road in Northeast Philadelphia. Some also reported seeing a person with a gun.

“According to family, they heard a knock on the front door, and when this 33-year-old answered the door, that’s when family heard multiple gunshots, and that’s when they realized the 33-year-old was shot,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said to 6ABC.

When authorities and medics reported to the scene, they found the victim – 33-year-old Bilal Henry – inside the home on the floor, just a few feet from the front door. He had been shot in the head and torso. He was pronounced dead at 11:37 p.m.

Authorities believe at least 13 shots were fired, 6ABC reported.

Police found multiple spent shell casings inside and outside of the townhome. The shots were fired from a semiautomatic weapon or weapons. Nothing was stolen or ransacked, 6ABC reported.

“So clearly the shooters were firing from outside and then went inside and fired multiple shots,” Small said to NBC10.

Witnesses saw two men wearing dark clothing running from the scene and possibly jumping into a white vehicle after the shooting, both news outlets reported.

Authorities are combing through surveillance footage that was captured on private cameras on properties in the immediate area in hopes of figuring out who’s behind this, both news outlets reported.

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