3 men executed in ransacked Lawndale house

Posted: February 14, 2014

EVEN YESTERDAY'S heavy snow couldn't put a stop to violence in Philadelphia.

Three men were found dead yesterday afternoon in a house in the Northeast - victims of what police called execution-style killings.

About 3:30 p.m., officers responded to reports of a person screaming on Martins Mill Road near Oxford Avenue in Lawndale. Upon arriving, they found the three men shot dead inside a home on the block, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Two of the men were found bound, lying on the first floor, and the third was found in a bedroom on the second floor. Each had a gunshot wound to his head.

All three were pronounced dead by medics at the scene within minutes of one another about 4 p.m., police said.

Only one victim, a 25-year-old man, had been identified by police as of last night, Small said. Police withheld that man's identity pending family notification, but Small said that he was not a resident of the house where the bodies were found.

The house appeared to be ransacked, with closet doors torn off their hinges and other signs of disarray, according to investigators. No motive was known, and several witnesses were being interviewed by Homicide Unit detectives last night, Small said.

Police remained at the snowy scene investigating the triple homicide late last night. No arrests had been made.

The slayings are the latest in a bout of violence in Northeast Philadelphia's 2nd Police District, which covers Oxford Circle, Crescentville, Lawndale and surrounding neighborhoods.

Last month, a mother and her adult son were found executed in their Lawncrest home less than a mile from the scene of yesterday's triple homicide. Police have reported no arrests in those slayings.

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