Police put a face and a name to the man suspected of shooting three people and killing a toddler Friday night in South Philadelphia.
Homicide Capt. James Clark announced Monday that police issued a warrant for the arrest of Brandon Ruffin, 22, whose last known address is on the 2300 block of Wharton Streeet in Point Breeze.
According to police, two men, riding a bicycle, approached a 24-year-old man on Friday at 9:40 pm. on the 1500 block of South Etting Street in the lesser-known neighborhood of King Village.
Ruffin, who was riding on the handle bars, hopped off and had a brief conversation with the 24-year-old man before he pulled out a gun and fired multiple times. He shot the man once, but several innocent bystanders, who were sitting on a nearby porch, were also hit.
The 3-year-old, Tynirah Borum, from the 1600 block of Christian Street, later died at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia from a gunshot wound to the chest. The girl was over her mother's girlfriend's house having her hair done on the front step when the shots rang out, Clark said.
The 24-year-old man, who police said was Ruffin's target, was shot in the head and is in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
A 28-year-old woman — the girl's mother — was shot in her left arm, and a 21-year-old man was shot in the right leg. Both are in stable condition at HUP.
Both suspects fled on the bike after the shooting. Police caught up with the driver of the bike, Douglas Woods, 22, from the 1700 block of Ellsworth Street, and arrested him and later charged him with murder as Ruffin's accomplice. Both men have been charged with various violent crimes throughout the years, Clark said.
Regarding motive: "My understanding is there is a back and forth beef," Clark said. "What it stems from we don't know."
Clark said the community provided information that helped police identify Ruffin as the shooter, and requested that anyone else with information on Ruffin's whereabouts is asked to contact Homicide police at 215-686-3334/35. A $20,000 reward was posted for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.
"We have everybody looking for him," Clark said.
Woods was also charged with three counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault, and violation of uniform firearms act, among others.
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