Anthony Marriott, 55, was shot while carrying equipment from his van on Monday night, according to CNN-affiliated WPVI, while visiting family members of victims of gun violence. According to the affiliate, he was working for a production company that made anti-violence videos to stream on Netflix.
Marriott was “shot several times in the body,” police said. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities made no arrests and no weapons were recovered, police said.
According to the Philadelphia Police Department, his death is Philadelphia’s 119th cow slaughter in 2021, and a sharp rise in homicides compared to previous years. At the same point a year ago, there were 93 homesides. This means that there has been a 5% increase in homicides compared to the same period in 2020, which is not the level seen in the city since 2007, according to the department.
The Philadelphia City Council’s Special Committee on the Prevention of Gun Violence held a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday before Mhrishti’s death to work on the city’s plan to take into account the homicide rate.
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
Gun violence in the city is called the “plague”.
“As an elected official and the father of two young African Americans, this is totally unacceptable,” Johnson said at the virtual hearing.