Philadelphia police release surveillance video of suspects wanted in deadly quintuple shooting outside Roxborough High School

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police have released images of the suspected vehicle and gunmen wanted in a shooting outside Roxborough High School on Tuesday that claimed the life of a 14-year-old boy and injured four other teens.

In addition to the five suspects caught on camera, police are also looking for a sixth suspect who was driving a light-colored SUV. It is believed that the suspects in the shooting are all minors.

During a press conference on Wednesday, police released surveillance video recording the shooting of the five teenagers, including four football players. They had wrapped up a scrimmage when police said at 4:41 p.m. Tuesday they were ambushed on their way back to the high school locker room.

Nicholas Elizalde, a 14-year-old from Havertown, was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at 5:09 p.m.

Police say the remaining four teenage victims will survive.

The motive for the shooting is currently unknown, but police do not believe it had anything to do with football or anything that happened during the scrimmage.

About 64 shots were fired, based on ballistic evidence found at the scene. Ten shots hit the school building. Police say 9 MM and 40 caliber rounds, as well as what one police chief described as “armour-piercing bullets” were fired outside Roxborough High School.


The five gunmen arrived six minutes before opening fire on the teenagers, ranging in age from 14 to 17, outside of high school. Police say the gunmen were lurking and claim there is evidence that this was a targeted hit.

However, they believe that Elizalde was not the target, but an innocent victim.

“After the first barrage of gunfire, we see four of the five gunmen return to the suspected SUV. A fifth gunman continues to pursue one of the victims of the shooting. Shooting at him as they both run down the street,” Philadelphia Capt. . Jason Smith said. “The victim is eventually hit by one of the perpetrator’s bullets and he collapses on the sidewalk. The gunman rushes towards the victim as he lies helplessly on the ground, stands over him and continues firing. The only thing that stopped this person from shooting is that he apparently ran out of bullets and his slide was locked at the back.”

Police are looking for a light-colored Ford Explorer. There the gunmen lurked for several minutes until they jumped out and opened fire.

Sources tell CBS3 that the light-colored Ford Explorer was stolen from Delaware County in August. Police declined to comment if they had information about a tag. Sources also say that one of the teens being chased, a 17-year-old, had been involved in a previous shooting in which he had shot himself.

Police are offering a $40,000 reward for information. Information can be reported by calling 215-686-TIPS.

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