PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — An apparent home invasion turned deadly in South Philadelphia. Police say two men who were trying to break into a home on the 1600 block of South 10th Street were shot and killed by two men inside the house.
Officials were on the scene for hours as they worked to determine what exactly happened and why.
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A home invasion turned deadly Monday afternoon, turning this residential street into a crime scene.
“At first, I thought it was a woman and there were two intruders that were going to rob her, but now, I have no idea what really happened,” a neighbor said.
As details emerged, police say it was two men who lived at the home who shot two others who tried to force their way in.
The brazen break-in unfolded on the 1600 block of South 10th Street around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.
“I’m thinking maybe it’s time to move out. For something like this to happen in the middle of the afternoon, it’s like — I heard it was a robbery — if that’s the true story or not, I’m not sure but it’s tough to take,” Mary Grace McHale said.
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The two suspects died at Jefferson University Hospital. A 33-year- old was shot 15 times while the other man — between 25 and 30 years old — was shot five times. Officers found both men unresponsive inside the home.
“Shocking. Like I was saying, you don’t expect something like this in your own neighborhood. You see it on the news all the time, unfortunately, and this is really something out of the ordinary for this area,” John Caruzzo said.
Caruzzo joined others in South Philadelphia peering down the street in disbelief. He watched as investigators went in and out of the house, blocking both pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
“It makes you feel uneasy. Like you think that this can’t happen until you walk outside and hear about it and then you see up live and in person and you think, ‘my God, it’s a block from your house. How could this possibly happen?’ But it does,” Carrozza said.
The alleged intrusion prompted some to think about protecting themselves.
“Maybe I should go buy a gun,” McHale said.
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The shooters are cooperating with police. The names of the men who were killed have not been released.