2 Asian Roommates Fatally Shoot 2 African-American Men in Philadelphia
July 1, 2022
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Two roommates who fatally shot two men who kicked in their apartment door on Monday, June 27, remains in police custody as investigators examined their self-defense claim.
The shooting erupted around 1:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of South 10th Street in the Passyunk Square neighborhood.
The roommates, two men ages 22 and 23, fatally shot 18-year-old Dresean Jefferson and 33-year-old Richard Taylor, said Philadelphia Homicide Capt. Jason Smith.
Jefferson and Taylor were unarmed when they kicked in the common door of the two-apartment rowhouse where the roommates lived on the ground floor.
“There was an apparent argument, but the circumstances surrounding that argument still are not clear at this time,” Smith said.
Taylor was shot 10 times and Jefferson was shot eight times. They were both rushed to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where they were later pronounced dead, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Capt. Smith said there may have been a “racial aspect” to the crime. Jefferson was African-American and the 23-year-old shooter is Asian. Both had been seen arguing.
Jefferson and the 23-year-old first clashed over the phone Monday, hurling racial slurs at each other, after the 23-year-old Asian roommate accused Jefferson of harassing one of his friends.
Later in the day, Jefferson and Taylor showed up at the apartment complex, kicked in the common front door, entered the first-floor hallway, and began banging on the roommates’ apartment door, Smith explained.
The 23-year-old Asian man called his 22-year-old roommate, who quickly arrived, wearing a ski mask and latex gloves. Video evidence shows the ski mask roommate mag-dumping on Taylor—striking him eight times in the hallway.
The 22-year-old told police the victim reached for his waistband to retrieve a gun, however, no weapons were recovered from Jefferson or Taylor, according to The Inquirer.