PHILADELPHIA CREAM – According to law enforcement sources, two young men each accused of killing innocent bystanders in the chaotic South Street shooting arrived in Philadelphia on Wednesday after being found by federal authorities last week in Virginia.
FOX 29’s Jennifer Joyce was at the Philadelphia police administration building on Wednesday afternoon where two silver cars drove the suspects into an underground parking lot. The two suspects will be arrested overnight.
Quadir Dukes-Hill and Nahjee Whittington, both 18, were taken into custody at an apartment building in Richmond, Virginia by a team of US Marshals.
A law enforcement source told FOX 29 that the apartment where the pair were hiding belongs to a friend who may also have Philadelphia ties.
Officials say Dukes-Hill is facing murder charges in the shooting death of 24-year-old Alexis Quinn. Whittington, a Philadelphia resident, allegedly fired the shot that fatally struck 22-year-old Kristopher Minners and injured another person.
Sources say the weapons found with the teenagers are believed to be those used in the fatal South Street shooting.
Dukes-Hill and Whittington join two other suspects who also face charges in last Saturday’s shooting. Earlier in the week, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and local authorities reported the arrests of 18-year-old Quran Garner and 34-year-old Rashaan Vereen.
Authorities believe the deadly mass shooting occurred when a scuffle between three men escalated into gunfire. The prosecutor’s office said two of the fighters, Gregory Jackson and Micah Towns, were both cleared to carry.
Officials believe Jackson fired the first shot which seriously injured Towns, who returned fire and killed Jackson. The third man in the fight, believed to be Vereen, was arrested Monday by a team of US Marshals.
The prosecutor’s office said Towns is not currently charged in the shooting because he acted in self-defense. A few days later, Mayor Jim Kenney called for Towns’ arrest, stating that Towns “acted in a manner that created a chain of events that resulted in the deaths of at least two innocent people and injured a bunch of other innocent people and I don’t think it should work.”
Amid the chaos, authorities said Garner – believed to be a friend of Towns – fired into the fight. Investigators say Garner was armed with a ghost pistol fitted with an extended magazine and pointed the weapon at the approaching officers.
According to authorities, police shot Garner in the hand, causing him to drop his gun and flee the scene. He is believed to have run to the scene of an unrelated shooting blocks from where he told officers he was shot on South Street.
Authorities said Dukes-Hill and Whittington were not involved in the deadly scuffle and only decided to shoot when they heard the gunshots ring out.
“The shots are going ‘boom, boom, boom’ and there are other people, they pull out their guns – I don’t know what they might be thinking – but they shoot and they hit two innocent people,” said said Philadelphia Deputy Commissioner Ben. Naish said.
Officials say both teens have criminal records and that Dukes-Hill was wanted for a pending warrant in Delaware County. A law enforcement source says Dukes-Hill was arrested for a 2020 carjacking and a warrant was issued when he failed to appear for the charge.
Authorities believe all of the suspects in the fatal shooting have been found, but they are still actively investigating.