Months after the tragic shooting of a 16-year-old boy in Philadelphia, authorities are still seeking the gunman responsible and are now offering a reward to aid in their efforts.
On April 27, a shooting occurred along the 2200 block of South 67th Street in Southwest Philadelphia, resulting in the tragic death of 16-year-old Jaseem Thomas a few days later at Penn Presbyterian Hospital.
The investigation has faced challenges due to a lack of leads, prompting law enforcement to appeal to the public for assistance.
John Apeldorn from the Citizens Crime Commission emphasized the urgency, stating, “This incident happened at 6:30 p.m. in the daylight hours, six gunshots were fired, and you know somebody had to see something.”
The City of Philadelphia is now offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible for the shooting.
Apeldorn encouraged anyone with information to come forward, assuring anonymity for those who provide tips. He explained, “You can call, remain anonymous. No name, you don’t have to give your name. We’ll give you a code number. If that information is correct, an arrest is made, and the conviction, you get the money.”
Individuals with information can contact the Citizens Crime Commission at 215-546-TIPS, with all calls guaranteed to remain confidential.