2 Dead after Possible Murder-Suicide, Masked Group Allegedly Raid Suspected Drug House

The family and friends of two people killed during a home invasion in downtown Philadelphia Sunday night claim that there may be more than one culprit. The body of Joshua Hofheimer, 24, of Lititz,…

2 Dead after Possible Murder-Suicide, Masked Group Allegedly Raid Suspected Drug House

The family and friends of two people killed during a home invasion in downtown Philadelphia Sunday night claim that there may be more than one culprit.

The body of Joshua Hofheimer, 24, of Lititz, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was found around 5:30 p.m. His roommate, 38-year-old Jeremiah Payton, died at the scene after being struck by a single gunshot wound. They were also fatally shot in the back. The attackers entered the home through a second-floor window while two others who lived inside were sleeping. Payton was apparently targeted and Hofheimer was killed when he returned fire.

Several witnesses said the attackers were wearing masks and dark clothing.

Reportedly, there were three men who attempted to break into an apartment in the area, which is about 1.5 miles from the scene of the shooting. When they could not gain entry to the unit, they went to a second-floor neighbor’s door.

Police are still searching for the suspects, but have a suspect in a juvenile case under arrest, according to 6ABC Action News.

Sean Ward, who identified himself as a friend of the two victims told CBSPhilly that the two were being too careful with their surroundings, despite being in the city that recently saw Blake Griffin have a deadly home invasion.

During the October shootout that left the player with four gunshot wounds, the home’s owner told officers she saw two men fleeing the scene. No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting of Griffin, who is now recovering from surgery.

h/t: 6ABC Action News

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