Philadelphia Police have arrested one suspect in the September 1 shooting deaths of two local men at the corner of 40th and Sansom streets. Police arrested Derrick Pratt, 18, of the 6000 block of Kingsessing Avenue in southwest Philadelphia Friday and charged him with two counts of first-degree murder. He is also expected to face additional charges for wounding two other men in the same attack. Up to four suspects are still at large. Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Thomas Quinn, of the homicide division, said police have "some good information" on other suspects. He was unable to say if and when other arrests would be made. West Philadelphia residents Darren Norwood, 19, and Terrence Ryan, 18, were killed and two other men hurt in the shooting. Police said Norwood, Ryan and the two others left the AMC Walnut 3 Theaters on the 3900 block of Walnut street at about midnight September 1. They were about to drive away in a car when up to five men approached and began firing automatic weapons at them. Immediately after the shooting, police declined to suggest a motive, but Quinn said yesterday it appears to have been drug-related. He said the killers were likely retaliating for other crimes in a drug turf war. He said anonymous tips and eyewitness accounts led detectives to Pratt. Pratt is still awaiting a trial date. Quinn said he does not believe the district attorney's office has appointed a prosecutor for the case.Comments powered by Disqus
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