A man was shot dead while filming a video about Philadelphia’s escalating gun violence, police said.
Anthony Merriett, 55, was gunned down at about 8 p.m. Monday in the city’s Strawberry Mansion section, where he was interviewing people whose children were killed by firearms in the last few years, Philadelphia police Chief Inspector Scott Small told WPVI.
Merriett, of Philadelphia, was working for a production company at the time and was shot several times as he left a home where he was “interviewing and filming” relatives of the juvenile victims, Small said.
The footage Merriett had taken was set to stream on Netflix, WPVI reported. A message seeking comment from the California-based streaming service was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Merriett — who was reportedly shot in the head, chest, torso and legs — was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital, police said.
At least four shots were fired and four spent shell casings were found on a nearby sidewalk