Three children are dead after a carjacked SUV rammed into a crowd in North Philadelphia on July 25 around 11:30 a.m. Dead are three siblings, one girl and her two brothers, ages 15, 10 and 7. The kids were part of an organized effort to raise funds for their church. They were selling fruit on the corner of Germantown and Allegheny Avenues when the out of control SUV slammed into the crowd.
Police in Philly are still searching for the two carjackers responsible for the atrocity, according to USA Today. Rewards for information leading to the arrests of the suspects now total $110,000. The tragic series of events began late yesterday morning when the suspects forced a 45-year-old female real estate agent into the back seat of her SUV.
During the carjacking and while the suspects were speeding through urban North Philly, police say that the SUV had a blowout. The carjackers continued to drive at a high rate of speed on the rim of the blown out wheel, lost control of the white Toyota 4Runner and rammed into the crowd where the three children were gathered. The two carjacking suspects were described by the police as being one Hispanic man and one black man.
The woman in the back seat of the SUV was seriously injured in the crash and is listed as being in “critical but stable condition.” The injured carjacking victim managed to speak with police. A 65-year-old woman also part of the crowd at the church fundraiser was also injured when the SUV lost control. She is listed as being in stable condition.
Fox News reported that the 34-year-old mother of the three children that were killed was also injured and is in “extremely critical condition.” The identities of the children and their mom have not yet been released.
Philadelphia police Lt. John Sandford described the young victims who died yesterday as "babies, they're kids, they're out there selling fruit with their mother and I believe a neighbor and for the church.They're out there doing a good cause." Sanford has also enlisted the public’s help in apprehending the suspects, saying that "We really want to get these individuals off the street."
The two suspects fled the crash scene on foot. Police are attempting to secure any video captured of the crash and have asked any businesses in the area as well as any private citizens with any information to come forward. In the early morning hours of July 26, the Philadelphia Police Department posted on their Facebook page:
The reward has been increased to $110,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the offenders responsible for the earlier car jacking that led to the DEATHS OF THREE CHILDREN on the streets of our city. The mother of the children remains in extremely critical condition. The carjacking victim and another pedestrian were also hospitalized due to the heinous actions of the offenders.
You can remain anonymous. Call 215-686-TIPS with information. STAND UP FOR THESE CHILDREN AND YOUR CITY! #JustATip
SUSPECT #1: Described as a black male wearing a white t-shirt
SUSPECT #2: Described as a Hispanic male wearing a white t-shirt