In a tragic incident on Monday night, a gunman opened fire in Philadelphia, resulting in the deaths of five men and injuries to two children. The suspect, 40-year-old Kimbrady Carriker, has been identified as a cross-dressing supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Another trans shooter.https://t.co/w8zJ0GLc3e
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) July 4, 2023
These details emerged after an investigation into Carriker’s social media activities.
The suspect had reportedly posted content on social media platforms expressing support for Black Lives Matter. Additionally, he shared pictures on Facebook featuring themselves wearing a bra, a women’s top, earrings, and long braided hair.
Carriker’s online posts also included cryptic messages such as, “How do you know if an evil spirit is following you,” along with a disturbing image of a map listing “black massacres” across the United States, accompanied by the caption, “We kept the receipts.”
Furthermore, one of the shooter’s posts’ depicted an individual holding a pistol, accompanied by the statement, “Wherefore art thou opposition so I may slide upon thine block and runneth down on thee.” Another post showed a video of children firing a rifle.
Individuals who were acquainted with the shooter noted his aggressive demeanor. Tina Rosette, 49, who had lived with Carriker in 2021, mentioned this aspect, while her daughter Cianni, 24, recounted instances where he tried to familiarize her with firearms.
The Rosette family moved out in 2022, and Tina Rosette expressed concern that the suspect had been struggling emotionally.
Law enforcement swiftly responded to the gunfire, which began around 8:30 p.m. on Monday. Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw confirmed officers pursued Carriker, who continued to discharge their weapon before being apprehended.
It was reported the suspect had been using a police scanner to monitor law enforcement activity. Upon arrest, he was found to be armed with a rifle, pistol, extra magazines, and wearing a bullet-proof vest. Law enforcement discovered numerous shell casings scattered across an eight-block area.
Police Commissioner Danielle M. Outlaw commended the bravery and courage exhibited by the responding officers, emphasizing their quick response and dedication to protecting the community. The victims of this tragic shooting were identified as Lashyd Merritt, 20; Dymir Stanton, 29; Ralph Moralis, 59; Daujan Brown, 15; and Joseph Wamah, Jr., 31.
The investigation into the motive behind this devastating incident is ongoing, as law enforcement officers work diligently to gather evidence, identify witnesses, and analyze available surveillance footage.