Philadelphia mass shooting suspect is headed to trial after receiving mental health treatment

Kimbrady Carriker is charged for the seemingly random shootings in Kingsessing in July 2023.

Crime scene on the street

Five people were killed and four others were wounded in a Monday night shooting in the Kingsessing section of Philadelphia. (6abc)

The suspect in a Philadelphia mass shooting last summer who had been deemed mentally incompetent is headed to trial after his lawyers told a judge he has been undergoing treatment and is prepared to move forward with the case.

Kimbrady Carriker, 41, is charged with five counts of murder, as well as attempted murder, aggravated assault and illegal gun possession in the apparently random shootings in early July in the working-class neighborhood of Kingsessing.

During a preliminary hearing Tuesday, detectives played footage from an officer’s body-worn camera showing Carriker walking about a mile during most of the shootings on July 3. Assistant District Attorney Robert Wainwright said investigators are still trying to figure out what caused him to fire on some people and not others, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Officers “were running toward the danger without regard for their own safety, just trying to do everything they could to stop this man from killing more people,” Wainwright said.

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Carriker’s attorneys told the court their client is undergoing mental health treatment and is prepared to move forward with the case. The municipal court judge forwarded the charges to county court for trial.

Prosecutors have said Carriker left a will dated June 23 at his home and a roommate said he appeared agitated and had been wearing a tactical vest around the house in the days before the shooting that killed 20-year-old Lashyd Merritt, 29-year-old Dymire Stanton, 59-year-old Ralph Moralis, and 15-year-old DaJuan Brown.

A fifth shooting victim, Joseph Wamah, 31, was found shot to death a day earlier in Kingsessing.

A 2-year-old boy and a 13-year-old youth were wounded by gunfire and another 2-year-old boy and a woman were injured by shattered glass in the shootings.

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Philadelphia police have said Carriker was wearing a ski mask and carrying an AR-15-style rifle when he shot people and cars. When he surrendered in an alley, police found he had two guns, extra magazines and a bulletproof vest.

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