Philadelphia Police release gruesome video of PPA officer being shot in hopes of identifying the killer


PHILADELPHIA, PA – Shocking and graphic video footage has been released by the Philadelphia Police Department that captured the moment a Parking Authority Officer was shot and critically wounded. Police have not released any possible motive for the heinous attack.

Philadelphia Police Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Frankford Avenue near Orthodox Street on November 25th in the afternoon. When they arrived on the scene, they learned that someone had shot a Philadelphia Parking Authority Enforcement Officer point blank several times.

Officers located video surveillance footage showing the grisly scene unfolding. The victim, 37-year-old Timothy McKenzie, was going about his daily duties and issuing parking citations for those parked in violation of local laws without even noticing the suspect approaching him from behind.

The suspect walked up behind the victim, who was looking at a vehicle and pulled a firearm. The suspect opened fire, striking McKenzie in the head, and causing him to collapse on the sidewalk.

Shocked and terrified onlookers ran in fear as the suspect fled the scene, leaving McKenzie to die on the sidewalk. First responders provided aid to McKenzie and rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

After reviewing the video, the Philadelphia Police Department reported:

“A masked suspect, armed with a silver revolver, approached an on-duty PPA officer from behind and fired one shot into his head before fleeing onto the 1500 block of Gillingham St towards Griscom St.”

Additionally, they released a physical description of the suspect, reporting:

“[He is a] black male, medium build, blue jacket with hood, blue or black ski mask, grey pants, black boots, black gloves.”

Along with the release of the suspect description, officers also released the shooting video in hopes that someone will recognize the suspect so they can locate and take him into custody. For now, detectives have not announced if they have any significant leads in the case and are offering a total of $20,000 in reward money for anyone providing information that could lead to the suspect’s arrest and conviction.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority reported McKenzie seems to be improving as his status in the hospital was upgraded from critical to stable. In a statement, PPA Board Chair Beth Grossman wrote:

“While Tim continues to improve as each day passes, we must do our part to assist law enforcement in apprehending the criminal who was intent on killing one of our law enforcement officers.”

Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Frank Vanore spoke to reporters about the brazen attack. Deputy Commissioner Vanore offered up the possibility that McKenzie’s shooting may have had something to do with the parking citations he had recently issued. He said:

“We believe [McKenzie] was the intended target. We have some witnesses saying a car pulled up, shots were fired, and then a car pulled away…

“Your thoughts of just going after a man in uniform, a city employee, obviously it’s bold. It’s bold, it’s brazen, and it’s something we’re definitely going to do everything we can to solve immediately. Again, does this have anything to do with his [enforcement] activities out here, could be, that’s our theory.”

Deputy Commissioner Vanore said that the PPA and the Philadelphia Police Department are working closely with each other to determine if McKenzie had written any tickets that day to whoever pulled the trigger. He said:

“We’re working here with the parking authority. They’re assisting us on going through what he did today and we’ll go back through that very carefully to see what we could find out.”

Meanwhile, those who live in the area have to come to grips with someone some say was well-liked and known in the area to have been so violently attacked in what seems to be an unprovoked shooting. CBS Philadelphia spoke to one of the people, Bamba Sisoko, who lives in the area about the attack. She said:

“I speak to him every day. He’s a good guy, he’s a very nice guy. Sometimes he said hello to me.”

Another person they spoke to, Frank Colon, noted how scary the situation was and how sad that it was that it happened the day after Thanksgiving. He said:

“It’s just scary, man, the day after Thanksgiving…I’ve watched Parking Wars, you know what I mean? But I’ve never seen it go this far.”

Another person, Barbara Pietrolungo, said:

“It’s just terrible. It’s so tragic and scary.”

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