Cameras record gunfight in Rhawnhurst motel

Sur­veil­lance photo

Lead was fly­ing through the hall­ways of a Rhawn­hurst motel on March 31 as two men treated the busi­ness like their per­son­al paint­ball arena, ex­cept the bul­lets were real.

Nu­mer­ous sur­veil­lance cam­er­as in­side the Roosevelt Mo­tor Inn at 7600 Roosevelt Blvd. re­cor­ded the pro­longed gun­fight. Po­lice are try­ing to identi­fy two al­leged shoot­ers and fig­ure out why they placed sev­er­al motel pat­rons in harm’s way.

A motel em­ploy­ee called 911 at 12:28 a.m. to re­port hear­ing gun­shots in a hall­way. When of­ficers ar­rived at the scene, the em­ploy­ee told them that he had seen a man with a hand­gun run past the front desk, in­to the park­ing lot and south­bound on Roosevelt Boulevard.

De­tect­ives re­covered the video, which shows what ap­pears to be two gun­men ex­chan­ging shots with each oth­er while nav­ig­at­ing stair­wells and duck­ing around corners. At one point, one of the gun­men crouched be­hind a corner in an ap­par­ent at­tempt to am­bush his ap­proach­ing foe, but the second gun­man reached around the corner and fired blindly, prompt­ing the first guy to flee.

Po­lice de­scribed one of the gun­men as black, in his 20s or 30s and thin with long dread­locks, a black sweat­shirt and black pants. A second gun­man was de­scribed as black, in his 30s, with a beard, blue coat, jeans, white sneak­ers and black skullcap. 

Vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­ to view the sur­veil­lance video. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PP­DTIP to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

You can reach at

comments powered by Disqus