Police hunt 23-year-old college student's killer

Woman killed in West Philly, while father and grandfather shot defending her.
Dominique Oglesby, 24, died from a gunshot to the back sustained on March 18 near 52nd and Market. Police are searching for her killer. (Courtesy of Oglesby family)

Philadelphia police said on Monday they had identified and were seeking the man who shot a 23-year-old Penn State student in the early evening near 52nd and Market streets.

 

Dominique Oglesby, 23, died from a gunshot to the back she sustained just around 4:22 p.m. on the 5200 block of Market Street. Two men reportedly identified as her father, 42, and her grandfather, 66, were shot: her father in the foot, and grandfather in the arm, but both were reportedly in stable condition. Oglesby was pronounced dead at 4:42 p.m. at Penn Presbyterian Hospital.

 

Police said the shooting stemmed from a dispute between two women inside a restaurant known as the Galaxy West Lounge where Ogleyby had gone to place a food order. 

 

"There was a disturbance in the bar between a couple of girls," said Homicide Unit Capt. John Ryan. "The women were fighting, other people got involved in the fight, it started and went inside then went back outside... She had called her family over to help her out."

 

Ryan said the "melee" ranged from inside to outside the bar, and as the fight spilled onto the street for a second time, Oglesby was shot fatally in the back, he said.

"Both sides were known to each other," Ryan said. "It's complicated, there was a lot of people involved … An associate of one of the witnesses ultimately had a firearm. He was set upon by the other side's [Ogleby's] family members during the whole big melee that broke out."

Family of Oglesby told 6ABC they disagreed with the police description, saying the shooting was sparked by "road rage," but Ryan denied that account.

"It has absolutely nothing to do with road rage," Ryan said.

Oglesby reportedly was due to graduate Penn State in the spring. 

As of press-time no arrest had been reported.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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