Police video shows a man throwing an explosive firebomb at the transgender group home. Police are investigating this a ‘possible hate crime’ noting that the home was attacked last year.
The video shows two men walking past the transgender home at least once before throwing the bomb at it. It happened on the 5000 block of Woodland Avenue around 9:45 p.m. on June 23.
Police installed video cameras last year after a paintballs were shot at transgender residents in two separate attacks. The attacks were since downplayed by police as they are attempting to do with the firebombing.
Authorities tell CBS3 that more than a dozen transgender people live inside the home. At the time of the blast, seven people were inside, but they were not injured.
Philadelphia Police Department’s Lt. John Walker told CBS Philly that this specific property was targeted before. Last summer someone shot paintballs at people sitting on the porch—making it clear to authorities that this home is a target.
“We’ve been working with the human relations commission. We did move a city camera right to that location to try to catch some of these behaviors,” said Walker.
One suspect is described as a black male, 20 years of age, thin build, facial hair, and wearing a hooded sweatshirt. The other suspect is a black male, 20 years of age, heavy build, beard, wearing a long-sleeve shirt over a tank top-type shirt and long pants.
Police ask anyone with information leading to the arrest of two suspects to contact authorities at 215-686-3183/3184.