Two Ghanaian men shot in Southwest Philadelphia

Two Ghanaian men shot in Southwest Philadelphia

- Two Ghanaian men were attacked and shot on Wednesday in Southwest Philadelphia in the US

- The first victim of the attack is dead, while the second victim is responding to treatment at the hospital

One Ghanaian is dead with another off-duty Philadelphia police officer in the hospital after both were shot while attending neighborhood barbecue on July 4.

According to police report, the two Ghanaians, were shot around 10pm on Wednesday at the 7000 block of Buist Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia in the US.

Police say an unidentified man opened fire on Mulhfeld Street and struck the two men, who were standing across the street from each other.

Two Ghanaian men shot in Southwest Philadelphia
Michael Boaten died after being rushed to the hospital (Photo credit:

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The first victim, identified as Michael Boateng, 24, was shot in the chest and rushed to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

While the second victim, Officer Fred Attakora, 38, was taken to the hospital in critical condition sustaining gun injury in the abdomen.

The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP Lodge 5) is offering a reward of $10,000 to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators of the shooting.

According to police investigators, Boateng and Attakora were not the intended targets, adding that they have launched a surveillance team to investigate the matter.

Two Ghanaian men shot in Southwest Philadelphia
Fred Attakora, survived the attack (Photo credit:

An eyewitness, Teri DeMarco who spoke to the media revealed that she worked with Boateng, who drove a cab, transporting special needs students to school.

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“Boateng was really nice guy. He’s going to be missed. His wife and mother are at the morgue, I believe right now. So, I’m here trying to find out. I hope they caught whoever did that,” Teri DeMarco said.

The Philadelphia police say the barbecue guests are cooperating with investigations, but the police want to speak with other witnesses who were not at the party.

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“There were a lot of people not at the barbecue who were on Muhlfeld Street. We need anybody that was on Muhlfeld Street last night to come forward and to contact Homicide or contact our tip line on what they saw,” said Capt. John Ryan.

The police are also looking for surveillance video in an effort to get a description of the shooters.

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