October 30, 2019
Philadelphia police are investigating the shooting deaths of four family members — including two children — who were found Wednesday afternoon at their home in the Cedar Park section of West Philadelphia.
Investigators responded to the 5200 block of Walton Avenue for a well-being check after two adults at the residence did not show up for work on Wednesday.
When police arrived, they found four victims deceased in different rooms inside the home. A fifth person, a 29-year-old man, was found alive in a bedroom and taken into police custody. A weapon was recovered at the scene.
Authorities said the person taken into custody was the son of one of the victims, a 51-year-old woman, and added that the household was known to have trouble with a "mentally unstable son."
The other victims were the man's 17-year-old and 6-year-old brothers, as well as a step-father in his forties or fifties, police said.
An investigation into the shootings remains ongoing.