Police say man kills girlfriend then shoots self

As reported by Dafney Tales, Christine Olley

Yolanda Wilson said that she hopes God will forgive her father. “Because what he did, he need to be forgiven,” she said. Edward “Pooch” Wilson, 53, gunned down his girlfriend when she wanted to break up with him, then shot himself in the head after he barricaded himself in his home during a stand-off with police yesterday afternoon, police said. He’s listed in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the same place his girlfriend, whom police did not identify, was pronounced dead hours earlier. “I hope he makes it,” said Yolanda Wilson, 35, as she huddled alongside other family members a half-block from where police waited for about three hours for her father to emerge from his home.

About 1 p.m., police responded to a report of gunshots near the Cobbs Creek Golf Course, 75th Street and Lansdowne Avenue, in West Philadelphia. There, they found a 26-year-old woman on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso, police said.  As she was taken to HUP, she said Wilson, of Salford Street near Market, was the shooter, police said. She told police the two had argued after she wanted to break things off, but said Wilson wasn’t having it. He pulled out a handgun and opened fire, police said, although investigators are unsure whether he shot her inside or outside the vehicle. She later told authorities his address and described his car. She died nearly an hour later. At Wilson’s home, several specialized units, including Homeland Security and SWAT, blocked off Market Street between 59th and 60th.

As a precaution, the nearby Barry Elementary, Daroff Middle, Blueford and Bryant schools were locked down about 2 p.m. The lockdown was not lifted until 4:20 p.m. Wilson cowered in his house until about 4:30 p.m., when neighbors said they heard a loud boom. Authorities entered the residence 15 to 20 minutes later and found Wilson in the basement with a single gunshot wound to the head. As medics carried Wilson away on a stretcher, friends and family gathered near the scene as they hugged each other and cried. John Johnson, a childhood friend of Wilson, said:
“It’s not like him to be involved in anything like this, that’s why I think he just snapped.”

Staff writer Mensah Dean contributed to this report.