Video shows Philadelphia teenagers fatally hit 73-year-old man James Lambert with a traffic cone

Authorities are looking for seven teenagers accused of fatally hitting a 73-year-old man with a traffic cone in Philadelphia last month, police said later this week.

Philadelphia Police Department officials said Saturday that four teenage boys and three teenage girls attacked James Lambert in the early hours of June 24 on Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia. The teenagers hit him several times with “objects,” knocking him to the ground and causing head injuries, police said.

Surveillance video released by police shows a group of teenagers chasing the victim and hurling what appears to be a traffic cone at him. The footage shows a teenager chasing him across the street and hitting him with the traffic cone. Immediately afterwards, another teenager was seen picking it up and hitting him again, then chasing him down the sidewalk and hitting him with it a third time.

Police said Lambert, who was blurred in the video, was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries the next day.

Attempts to reach Lambert’s relatives on Saturday were unsuccessful.

The white prosecutor, the black ex-mayor and a tough crime debate

It’s not clear what happened in the moments before the attack, or if the teens knew the victim. But about 20 minutes later, surveillance video showed the teens wandering the area, one of them on a scooter.

family members said WCAU in Philadelphia They had seen Lambert, also known as “Simmie”, hours before the incident and couldn’t believe children had attacked him. Police said the black teenagers appeared to be in their early to mid-teens. Police provided no further descriptions other than that one teenager had a strand of blonde hair.

Family members told the news channel that they were heartbroken.

There were 280 homicides in Philadelphia in 2022 — a 4 percent decrease from the same time the previous year, according to crime statistics from the Philadelphia Police Department.

More people were killed in Philadelphia in 2021 than any other year in recent history. It sparked a heated debate about policing and criminal justice between two prominent Philadelphia Democrats — white District Attorney Larry Krasner and black former Mayor Michael Nutter.

As Washington Post reporter Cleve R. Wootson Jr. reported at the time:

In the city of brotherly love, the year 2021 will always be marked by the frightening number of people whose lives came to an abrupt and violent end: an 18-year-old was shot dead two weeks before he graduated from high school, two men were killed by a hail of gunshots at a cookout on July 4, a pregnant woman was gunned down while unwrapping presents from her baby shower.

Police said a $20,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in the June 24 attack. The case is being investigated by the homicide squad, police said. Video shows Philadelphia teenagers fatally hit 73-year-old man James Lambert with a traffic cone

James Brien

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