14-Year-Old Charged With Murder in Killing of Philadelphia Employee at Playground

Wire Service
By Wire Service
September 14, 2022US News
14-Year-Old Charged With Murder in Killing of Philadelphia Employee at Playground
A family member holds an image of Tiffany Fletcher at a news conference on Sept. 12, 2022. (Family photo via KYW)

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a woman at the Philadelphia playground where she worked, city officials confirm.

The teenager was charged with murder and other offenses related to the Friday shooting of Parks and Recreation employee Tiffany Fletcher at the Mill Creek Recreation Center in West Philadelphia, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said.

Fletcher, 40, was “caught in the crossfire” of a shootout with the 14-year-old and at least one other individual, police said.

District Attorney Larry Krasner confirmed that the teenager is being charged as an adult, but officials did not disclose his name during a news conference on Monday.

CNN has reached out to the Defender Association of Philadelphia to determine whether they are representing the teenager.

Outlaw said officers heard multiple gunshots on Friday around 1:30 p.m. in the area of the recreation center and saw people running from the playground when they responded to the scene.

After she was shot, Fletcher ran to an area business where workers attempted to tend to her wounds. Officers transported Fletcher to a nearby hospital, but she died later that evening, Outlaw said.

The 14-year-old boy was arrested after a brief chase, and a 9mm “ghost gun” was recovered in a nearby trash can, Outlaw said.

Authorities also found 12 fired shell casings at the scene. It’s still unknown what led to the shootout and authorities are still searching for other suspects involved.

Fletcher agreed in the spring to work as a pool maintenance attendant when the city, like many others, was facing a shortage of staff at its pools, and agreed to stay on at Mill Creek Recreation Center after the pool season ended, according to Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell, who called Fletcher “a beloved member of the staff.”

“Tiffany answered the call each day to serve children and families in her community and to make her three children and her family proud,” Ott Lovell said.

The recreation center had just opened at 1 p.m. that day. Four other employees were present at the center when the shooting took place, according to Ott Lovell.

Jean Washington, Fletcher’s niece, called her aunt a “wonderful mother … aunt, sister, daughter.”

The CNN Wire contributed to this report.

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