Man gunned down inside Philadelphia mall food court was stepson of local detective: DA

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Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner issued the following statement on Monday evening’s fatal shooting at the Philadelphia Mills Mall, formerly known as Franklin Mills mall:

“Last evening, at approximately 5:05 p.m., a shooting occurred in the Philadelphia Mills mall food court that left one victim, a 21-year-old Black male, dead. I am heartbroken to confirm that this young man, Dominic Billa, was the stepson of a county detective assigned to my Homicide/Non-Fatal Shooting Unit. I extend my deepest condolences to our Detective, and to the loved ones of Mr. Billa. We are outraged over the violence that claimed the life of this young man. Shopping malls, basketball courts, supermarkets, and all spaces in our communities should be free of the threat of gun violence.

“This is very much an active investigation; police have not made arrests related to this incident at this time. We at the District Attorney’s Office will continue to work diligently to seek justice when arrests are made for the shootings and homicides that persist in our communities, because guns are far too cheap and plentiful in our society.”

After the incident, police reported, “both males engage in a brief verbal argument before the victim knocks the male on crutches to the ground, at which time a male wearing a gray hoodie and a female rush towards the male on crutches when the male wearing the gray hoodie pulls a gun and begins shooting.”

The investigation is ongoing.

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