The recent mass shooting in Philadelphia’s Kingsessing neighborhood that left five men dead and two children injured was orchestrated by Black Lives Matter (BLM) activist Kimbrady Carriker, who also has a habit of crossdressing as a woman, according to sources. The incident took place on Monday night, and law enforcement apprehended Carriker in the aftermath of the violence.
Notably, Carriker reportedly shared gun-themed memes on social media, revealed a penchant for firearms, and expressed support for workers who participated in the BLM-organized Strike for Black Lives in July 2020. Moreover, “on his Facebook page, Carriker posted two pictures of himself wearing a bra, a women’s top and earrings with his hair braided long in March, three months before the alleged shooting.”
Armed with a rifle, pistol, extra magazines, a police scanner, and a bulletproof vest, the suspect is said to have shot and killed four men on the street, then pursued and murdered a fifth man inside a house. The victims ranged in age from 15 to 59. Two boys, aged two and thirteen, were also injured, both suffering gunshot wounds to their legs. The suspect reportedly fired at police during a chase spanning several blocks before ultimately surrendering in an alleyway, according to Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw.
The assailant, who was taken into custody without resistance, was unknown to the victims prior to the attack, further disclosed Commissioner Outlaw. Carriker, a self-described computer engineer, posted content suggestive of a fascination with firearms and social resistance on his Facebook page. He reportedly shared a video of a burning Philadelphia police car captioned with the provocative statement “I was there; where were you? #we matter” in May 2020.
Tina Rosette, Carriker’s former roommate, expressed shock upon learning of his alleged involvement in the shooting, saying, “I didn’t even know he had a gun.” She described him as “really smart, intelligent, creative,” and mentioned his fondness for computers.
However, she also mentioned that he displayed an aggressive demeanor in certain situations and recalled him teaching young people how to fight, ostensibly for self-defense, but failing to provide guidelines on when to cease the action.
The crime scene held evidence of the shooting’s severity, with bullet-riddled vehicles and dozens of shell casings scattered across eight city blocks.
Carriker had prior encounters with law enforcement, having been arrested in 2003 on charges related to weapon possession and drugs. He ultimately pleaded guilty to having a firearm without a license, leading to three years of probation and a fine of over $1,000.