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2 men charged with murder after fatally shooting woman in South Philadelphia: DA

Digital Brief: February 27, 2024 (AM)
Digital Brief: February 27, 2024 (AM) 02:37

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Two men were charged with murder in connection with a shooting that left a woman dead in South Philadelphia on Tuesday night, the District Attorney's Office said. 

Carey Jones, 32, and 35-year-old Sherman Carney were charged with murder, intimidation of a witness, conspiracy and other offenses for allegedly fatally shooting a 31-year-old woman, identified as Lethanaphone Onesy, in the head. The DA's office said Jones was the alleged shooter and Carney was an accomplice. 

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said officers on patrol in the area heard gunshots coming from the 2300 block of South Marshall Street just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Officers arriving on the scene found the victim, who had been shot in the head lying on the sidewalk. Onesy was rushed to Jefferson University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead just a few minutes later, Small said.

According to Small, cameras in the area caught Carney and Jones running west on Ritner Street from Marshall, entering a property and then leaving a minute or two later. The two men were eventually caught and taken into custody because they were carrying semi-automatic handguns, Small told reporters early Wednesday morning.

In an update Thursday, police said Onesy and another man were walking on Marshall Street when they were approached by a group of three men, one of whom was on a bike. One of the men grabbed Onesy, another grabbed the person she was walking with, and the person on the bike acted as a lookout. According to police, the suspect holding Onesy fired multiple shots, killing her, before the group fled.

When the investigation initially began, Small said Onesy was hurt about a week ago in a domestic assault that left her with injuries and bruises on her face. An arrest warrant was then issued for the boyfriend or ex-boyfriend who assaulted her, and detectives were working to determine if the assault and murder were related.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, the following resources are available to help:

National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
  • 1-800-787-3224 (TTY for the Deaf)  

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  • 1-800-932-4632 (in Pennsylvania)
  • 1-800-537-2238 (National) 
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