PHILADELPHIA (May 23, 2023) — District Attorney Larry Krasner and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Gun Violence Task Force announced the arrests and charging yesterday of four suspects for their roles in five shootings in the city’s Strawberry Mansion section in July and September of 2021 following an extensive investigation by the Thirty-First County Investigating Grand Jury. Two of the victims died from their injuries. These four suspects are associated with a violent street group operating in North Philadelphia known as the “Big Naddy Gang” or “BNG”. These suspects have been charged for their alleged involvement in the following incidents:
- Dontae Sutton (DOB: 12/17/2003) is charged with two counts of Attempted Murder and related firearm offenses for allegedly shooting and injuring two victims on July 14, 2021 on the 2400 block of North 33rd Street. He is also charged with one count of Homicide for his involvement in a shooting that occurred on September 18, 2021 on the 2900 block of York Street. Sutton was also charged with two counts of Attempted Murder earlier this year for a non-fatal double shooting;
- Jamir Brunson-Gans (DOB: 12/18/2002) is charged with Attempted Murder and related offenses for allegedly shooting and injuring a victim on September 5, 2021 on the 3100 block of North Judson Street. He is also charged with one count of Homicide and related charges for his involvement in a shooting that occurred on September 6, 2021 on the 2200 block of West Huntingdon Street;
- Elijah Soto (DOB: 10/7/2004) is charged with two counts of Homicide and related offenses for the fatal shootings that occurred on September 6 and September 18, 2021;
- Khalil Henry (DOB: 4/1/2004) is charged with one count of Homicide and related charges for his role in the September 18, 2021 fatal shooting on the 2900 block of York Street. He was also charged earlier this year with two counts of Attempted Murder along with defendant Sutton.
Many of the facts pertaining to this case remain confidential at this time due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, but investigators believe that all four defendants engaged in this violent spree in order to boost their credibility among their contemporaries. Utilizing a variety of forensic evidence, including the use of systems the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), investigators were able to link these defendants to their crimes. “These extremely dangerous individuals will now face justice for the crimes alleged by law enforcement and the Thirty-First County Investigating Grand Jury,” said DA Krasner. “I applaud the hard work of the Crime Gun Enforcement Group, a multi-agency collaboration consisting of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Assistant District Attorney Joseph Lanuti and the analysts assigned to our Gun Violence Task Force, our partners at the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, and the Philadelphia Police Department’s Shooting Investigation Group. My office intends to hold these defendants accountable for the violence and mayhem they’ve engaged in and the danger they’ve posed to the North Philadelphia community.”
“This extensive and thorough investigation would not have happened without the dedication displayed by ATF Special Agent Timothy Hartman, as well as the excellent work conducted by our Gun Violence Task Force Analysts Paul Haggerty and Christopher Lezynski, and Agents with the Pa. Attorney General’s Office,” said GVTF Assistant District Attorney Joseph Lanuti, who will be prosecuting this case. “I also want to thank the Philadelphia Police Department for their invaluable assistance in bringing these dangerous suspects to justice. And to those who are associated with these suspects and who are planning to commit their own acts of violence, know that the Gun Violence Task Force is investigating you and will be coming for you.”This investigation remains active and ongoing.
CONTACT:[email protected]Dustin Slaughter, 215-686-8713,