PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Philadelphia police released surveillance video showing the moment a 23-year-old Temple University graduate was fatally shot near Drexel University.
Police say Everett Beauregard got off a train at 34th and Market streets, a few blocks from his home, just before 12:30 p.m. Thursday after leaving a meeting with friends at a South Philadelphia bar.
It was then that he encountered the suspect.
“Tragically, Mr. Beauregard’s life was cut short by this horrific act of violence and for no apparent reason. This was not an attempted robbery as we originally thought,” said the Philadelphia police captain, Jason Smith, during a Friday afternoon press conference.
Video shows the shooter walking the 400 block of North 35th Street in Powelton.
Captain Smith said that when Beauregard passed the suspect, the shooter “quickly turned around and immediately began shooting at Mr. Beauregard as he had his back to him”.
The 23-year-old was struck once at the base of the neck, severing his spinal cord, Smith said.
Beauregard collapses on the sidewalk. Smith said the suspect began to run away but fired another shot at the victim.
The shooter was last seen heading north on 35th Street toward Spring Garden Street.
Police said the suspect, who was wearing a black hoodie, black pants and a light-colored face mask, is considered armed and dangerous.
“The assailant was observed on CCTV lingering in the area well before the incident at 11:21 p.m.,” Smith said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215-686-3334/3335.
Drexel police said they arrived to find Beauregard lying on the sidewalk.
Police took Beauregard to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
“It was not an argument between Mr. Beauregard and the attacker. Not a word was said between the two before the attacker turned around and shot Mr. Beauregard in the back,” said the Captain Smith.
The fatal shooting worries the students.
“I feel like we’ve always known it’s dangerous here, but it’s like a wake-up call, I guess,” said Sophia Momah, senior at Drexel.
On Thursday afternoon, the victim’s family released a statement saying in part: “The Beauregard family would like to thank the outpouring of sympathy for the tragic shooting death of our beloved son Everett Beauregard.
Everett was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed his attention, love and humor.”
Family members said Beauregard was finalizing his plans to start his MBA in the winter and was proud to have played a leading role in supporting the Democratic Party in the 2020 presidential election. Police said that he worked for Wells Fargo.
Temple University released the following statement:
“Everett had just become Temple Made in June, which only amplifies the tragic circumstances surrounding his death. He had a very bright future ahead of him, and it is more than discouraging to know that we will no longer be able to see him soar alongside his companions. Owls. Our thoughts are with Everett’s family, friends and the entire Temple community during this extremely difficult time.”
Beauregard was a former intern of Congressman Brendan Boyle.
“I am heartbroken to learn that this senseless outbreak of gun violence has struck a member of my team. Everett worked for my campaign during the 2018 election season. He was instrumental in our election victory that year. “Boyle said in a statement. “He was a kind, valued and determined young man with a bright future ahead of him. We will truly miss him and grieve with his family and friends during this difficult time.”
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