A 73-year-old man died the day after a group of youths hit him with a traffic cone in an attack caught on camera on a North Philadelphia street last month.
James Lambert was crossing Cecil B. Moore Avenue near North 21st Street around 2:38 am on Friday, June 24, when he was ambushed, Philadelphia Police said.
On Friday, police posted a video on YouTube showing the deadly attack on Lambert, 73. Police now hope the video of the attack and a $20,000 reward will lead them to those responsible.
According to authorities, those responsible appeared to be three young girls and four young men who appeared to be in their mid-teens.
In the video, the first young man to attack Lambert can be seen hitting him with a traffic cone, as he walked away from the group to the other side of the street. A short time later, another young man can be seen picking up a cone and throwing it at the man.
Lambert then moves down the sidewalk and is chased by a young man holding a cone over his head.
“The teens hit the victim multiple times with objects, knocking her to the ground and causing head injuries,” police said in a web post. “The victim was transported to the hospital where she died of her injuries the next day.”
WATCH: 7 teens beat & killed a 72 year old man on Cecil B. Moore Ave two weeks ago this morning. 3 girls & 4 boys, used a traffic cone as a weapon. The man fell, hit his head & @phillypolice say he died the day after the 2:38 am attack on June 24th 1/2 @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/4vmfGqOpp5
— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) July 8, 2022
The video shows the youths leaving the scene, one even got on a scooter and appeared to be talking to another youth who was walking alongside him in the moments after the attack. A young man is also seen running down the sidewalk.
Police did not give exact descriptions of any of the youths, except to point out a lock of blond hair on one of them.
The City offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for this homicide.
Police urged anyone who sees the teens call 911 immediately.
To date, there have been 280 homicides in Philadelphia in 2022, according to police data. That’s just two percent less than the same period last year, which ended up being the deadliest year on record.