Philadelphia police on Thursday identified the man they fatally shot in West Philadelphia after a violent frenzy that left three children, including the suspect’s son and daughter, and two women injured.
Christopher Sowell, 32, from the 6200 block of Hazel Street, was shot by police officers who were tracking a man who stabbed two children and choked another, the police department said. Sowell was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police responded to a report of “person screaming, report of someone shot” just before 7 p.m. Wednesday on the 6200 block of Hazel Avenue.
A 12-year-old girl told officers that her father choked her and stabbed his 8-year-old son and another 13-year-old boy before running away, police said.
"All of a sudden his eyes were wide as could be. And then he just starts to choke her for no reason whatsoever," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told NBC10.
The boys had multiple stab wounds and the 8-year-old boy had wounds to his neck and chest. They are at Children’s Hospital and listed in critical condition.