A man who in the past had reportedly threatened staff and participants at Pathways to Housing PA, a North Philadelphia nonprofit that provides services for people experiencing homelessness, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a security guard at the office building where Pathways is headquartered.
When officers arrived at Logan Plaza on the 5200 block of Old York Road around 11:30 Friday morning, they found security guard Nassir Day, 25, unconscious on the lobby floor from a gunshot wound, police said Saturday.
Security personnel told police the gunman was on the third floor, where Pathway’s administrative offices are and where gunshots could be heard.
There police said they encountered Wayne John Dorylis, 59, who was holding a large knife. He eventually followed officers’ commands to drop the weapon and was taken into custody. Police said they recovered three “spring shot-style” homemade guns.
Dorylis, whose last known address was in Milford, Del., was first taken to Einstein Medical Center for treatment of arm abrasions and then to the Police Department’s Homicide Unit.
Dorylis has been charged with murder, weapons offenses, causing a catastrophe, and recklessly endangering another person, and is being held without bail pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 18, according to court records.
A spokesperson for Pathways declined to comment on the shooting, referring a reporter to a statement posted on the organization’s Facebook page Friday.
“An individual, who had previously made threats against our staff and participants and served time as a result, has been apprehended,” the statement said. “This individual had not been in contact with Pathways in more than 18 months prior to today, and was never a participant in any of our programming. We are both grateful that our staff and participants are safe, and full of grief to learn that a victim of today’s shooting has passed away. Our hearts go out to the victim’s family.”
A GoFundMe campaign established Saturday afternoon seeks to raise $10,000 for Day’s girlfriend and their unborn first child. Day “loved his job and the people he was tasked with protecting,” it says, crediting him with delaying Dorylis from getting upstairs long enough for Pathways employees and others to seek cover.
Court records indicate Dorylis was charged with making terroristic threats in January 2020. Details were not available Saturday.
Valerie Johnson, vice president of advancement at Pathways, described Day as “a really great guy, super helpful and kind.”
Pathways said its office hours “will be limited for the near future as we begin to heal.” The agency currently supports 550 people in regular apartments and has furnished more than 1,000 homes through the Philadelphia Furniture Bank for individuals and families who are leaving homelessness or foster care, are victims of domestic abuse or natural disasters, or are veterans, refugees, or immigrants.
Philadelphia police released surveillance video of a drive-by shooting near a SEPTA station that killed a man and injured five others in broad daylight in the city's Fern Rock neighborhood Monday afternoon.
A 28-year-old woman along with five men, ages 19, 22, 24, 25 and 26, were near the intersection of Broad Street and Chew Avenue at 2:18 p.m. when a gunman opened fire, police said.
The 22-year-old man was shot once in his right thigh, the 24-year-old man was shot once in the right forearm, the 25-year-old man was shot once in the right hand, the 19-year-old man was shot once in the right leg, the 28-year-old woman was shot once in the right shoulder and the 26-year-old man was shot multiple times in the chest.
The 26-year-old man -- later identified as Steven Jones of North 10th Street -- was taken to the Albert Einstein Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 2:55 p.m.
The other five victims were all in stable condition.
NBC10's Katy Zachry explains what surveillance video released by Philadelphia police shows of a shooting near SEPTA's Fern Rock Transportation Center that left five hurt and one dead in the middle of the day.
On Tuesday, police released surveillance video of the shooting. A silver car pulls up to the location and a gunman in the rear right passenger seat fires at least 24 shots.
Police described the vehicle as a silver Chrysler 300 SDN with dark tinted windows. The car also has a custom black grill, tinted headlamps and rear lamps.
The vehicle was last seen driving eastbound on Chew Avenue and crossing Park Avenue towards 12th Street.
No arrests have been made and police have not released information on any suspects.
A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
If you have any information, call Philadelphia Police at 215-686-8477.
A day care center is located near the scene of the shooting. Malika Moore told NBC10 she couldn't immediately get to her son because the area was locked down.
"The violence in Philly is very disheartening," Moore said. "It's really sad. It doesn't seem like it's getting any better unfortunately."
The shooting occurred only a few months after another mass shooting occurred in the area in which eight people were injured near the Olney Transportation Center, the second busiest SEPTA stop in the city.
Philadelphia city councilwoman Cindy Bass arrived at the scene of Monday's shooting. She told NBC10 the area is a busy business corridor that needs more resources and protection.
"We're working so hard to try and bring neighborhoods back," she said. "Things like this are just a huge setback. They're just a huge setback over and over again and you know it's frustrating."
As of Monday night, there were 386 reported homicides in Philadelphia, up 16% from the same time last year which was one of the deadliest on record in the city’s history.
City leaders are hoping more funds can help stem the violence. The new city budget allocates nearly $156 million on anti-violence measures, $22 million of which will go toward the Anti-Violence Community Expansion Grant Program. The program is designed to provide funds to organizations working toward reducing violent crime in the city.
District Attorney Larry Krasner announced last month that another $254,000 in grants would be given to ten anti-violence groups in the city. Since May, the city’s violence prevention grant funding has totaled more than $490,000.
There are additional resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.
At least 6 people shot, 1 man killed in Philadelphia’s Fern Rock neighborhood
According to 6ABC, police said an unidentified suspect drove by and opened fire on a group of people around 2:30 p.m.
Five Black men and one Black woman, all between the ages of 19 and 28, were struck, according to the Philadelphia Police Department. All are in stable condition, except for a 26-year-old man who was shot multiple times in the chest. Police said he was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:55 p.m. Police have not made any arrests.
“It’s a busy area. Thank God the children were not out when the shooting occurred,” Deputy Police Commissioner Joe Dales told 6ABC.
The mass shooting happened not far from Olney Transportation Center where eight people ages 17 to 71 were shot in a previous mass shooting in February.
Councilmember Cindy Bass decried the city’s response to the rise in deadly shootings, and asked for more police, and SEPTA police presence, to make the area safer — not more hearings in City Council.
“It keeps happening, over and over and over again,” she said. “Put the resources where we know we need them. We know this is a hotspot. Put the resources here.”
Leonard Marshall, owner of MomMom’s Kiddie College, a child care facility at the corner of Broad and Chew, locked down his business during naptime, when the shooting occurred.
“We woke them up to get them to safety,” he said.
Marshall hopes that the shooting will lead to some sort of turning point, to “safety throughout any neighborhood … [for] collectively, everyone [to] be at peace with each other. Stop shooting.”
A suspect is in custody following a shooting at a baby shower at a western Pennsylvania fire hall that wounded three people, authorities said.
Police in Lower Burrell in Westmoreland County were called to the Kinloch Fire Department shortly after 6 p.m. and found the suspected shooter leaving the fire hall, police said. He was taken into custody without incident, officials said.
Chief John Marhefka said the shooting was initially reported as an active shooter situation but was instead “an isolated family incident" during a baby shower.
Police believe a family argument broke out over presents, turning physical before the suspect pulled out a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and began shooting.
Police said a 23-year-old man, a 19-year-old woman and a 16-year-old youth were wounded and were taken to hospitals, where condition reports weren't immediately available. Reporters were told that the victims were conscious when they were transported and the injuries weren't considered life-threatening.
The Tribune-Review reports that the 25-year-old suspect faces aggravated assault and reckless endangering charges.
Marhefka said events like Saturday’s baby shower are regularly held in the department's fire hall.
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