Mass shooting kills 5; suspect wore body armor ID’d as BLM activist

Police have identified Kimbrady Carriker, 40, as the suspect responsible for the fatal shooting of five men and injuring two children in Philadelphia on Monday night.

Carriker was found to be wearing a bullet-proof vest and was armed with a rifle, pistol, extra magazines, a police scanner, and bullet-proof vest. On his Facebook page, Carriker posted two pictures of him wearing women’s clothing and had shared gun-toting memes in the past. He had also expressed his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, posting about the Strike For Black Lives in July 2020.

The 2-year-old victim was shot four times in the legs, while the 13-year-old was shot twice in the legs. Police reported that the suspect had opened fire on police officers as they pursued him, before eventually being apprehended in an alley.

On Carriker’s page, there were images of people with firearms and footage of children firing rounds from a rifle. He had also posted a video of a burning Philadelphia police car that had been sprayed with graffiti, captioned with “I was there; where were you? #we matter.”

Carriker’s old roommate, Tina Rosette, said she was shocked to learn of his involvement as she was unaware that he owned a gun. Cianni Rosette, her daughter, also recalled Carriker showing her a handgun in order to make her “comfortable around guns.” Carriker had previously been arrested in 2003 and charged with possession of a weapon without a license, carrying a firearm in public, and drug possession.

The victims have been identified as Lashyd Merritt, 20; Dymir Stanton, 29; Ralph Moralis, 59; Daujan Brown, 15; and Joseph Wamah, Jr., 31. Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said that officers had found dozens of shell casings spread across eight blocks and are conducting investigations to determine the motives behind the shooting.