Activist/mentor shot dead; cops seek killer

Gregory Scott spent his life helping those less fortunate, from recovering addicts to troubled children. But Wednesday night, someone gunned down the West Philadelphia father and grandfather outside his home, and police now are hunting his killer.

Scott, 55, of Millick Street near Walnut, was returning home from work when someone opened fire on him about 11:20 p.m., police said. Paramedics declared him dead on the scene at 11:31 p.m. of gunshot wounds to head, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. No motive or suspects are known, O'Brien said. 

Scott was a drill master for the Goldcoast Buccaneers Drill Team, a community effort to mentor children and teach them "leadership skills, cultural awareness, discipline, sister/brotherhood, and community service," according to the team's website.

According to Scott's biography on the team's website, "from day one, (Scott) was known as a survivor and one to fight for the causes he believed in. Always being advanced in life, he started work at the tender age of 10, stocking the soda machine for Miss Pat’s restaurant. He moved on to be an usher at the Locust Movie Theater. Soon Gregory would recognize his God-given gift to socially help young and old people alike. This would start with The Gold Coast Buccaneers drill team, where he honed his skills and soon would be counseling children and adults. From there he would help recovering addicts reenter the community at Gaudenzia Drug & Alcohol Rehab ... Gregory L. Scott is a proud father, grandfather, life-skills coach, community servant and, most importantly, one hell of a DRILL MASTER!"

Scott also worked in food service at various restaurants, including the Bottom of the Sea chain, his biography notes.

Anyone with information about this slaying is urged to call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334, -3335 or -3336.