Arrested in fatal shooting involving football players near Roxborough High School in Philadelphia

Arrested in fatal shooting involving football players near Roxborough High School in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A suspect has been arrested in the deadly shooting near Roxborough High School, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office announced.

Yaaseen Bivins, 21, is charged with murder and four counts of aggravated assault for the shootings late last month.

“We believe he had a hand in the murder. He was one of the six you saw jumping out of the truck,” Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Frank Vanore said.

That shooting killed Nicolas Elizalde, 14, of Havertown, Pennsylvania. and injured four other teenagers.

Police said Elizalde would not have been one of the intended targets.

According to police, an ammunition receipt was found in the Ford Escape used in the shooting that linked Bivins to the shots.

“There was actually a name on the receipt, so it really wasn’t that hard to figure out,” Vanore said.

At the time of the shooting, Bivins was awaiting sentencing in what authorities said was an illegal street race in North Philadelphia in July 2020 that ended when his SUV hit another vehicle from behind and then crashed. hit a pregnant woman sitting on a wall, killing her baby. and seriously injuring her.

In August, a judge found Bivins guilty of aggravated driving assault and causing the death of a vehicle while participating in unlicensed and illegal races, but acquitted him of charges. more serious charges of third degree murder and conspiracy.

Charges have also been approved for 16-year-old Dayron Burney-Thorn.

He remains free.

Vanore said they were close to making more arrests.

“We’re picking you up. If you surrender, things won’t end the way they ended this morning and that’s what we’re trying to avoid,” Vanore said. He was referring to an incident Wednesday morning where three SWAT officers were shot while executing a warrant in North Philadelphia. The suspect was killed in this case.

Police also released surveillance video of the suspects in that shooting.

“Philadelphia police and our law enforcement partners continue to investigate this incident relentlessly, and we are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the other suspects involved,” District Attorney Larry Krasner said Wednesday. .

The fatal shooting occurred around 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the 4700 block of Pechin Street, just as a junior college football scrimmage ended between three schools: Roxborough High School, Northeast High School and Boys Latin Charter School.

Elizalde was a freshman at Saul High School but played football for Roxborough.

Police were also looking for a sixth person who remained in the vehicle. They said one of the shooters chased a 17-year-old victim down the street, hit him with gunshots in the leg and arm, and attempted to shoot as he stood overhead of the victim, but the gun jammed or ran out of bullets.

Police say the suspects waited six minutes before jumping out of the SUV and firing more than 60 shots.

A $45,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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