Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Break in Strawberry Mansion home invasion

Philly police are excpected to make an announcement soon regarding developments in the vicious home invasion in Strawberry Mansion this week.

Break in Strawberry Mansion home invasion

Philly police are excpected to make an announcement soon regarding developments in the vicious home invasion in Strawberry Mansion this week.

Capt. James Clark, of the homicide unit, declined to elaborate but said investigators have made progress in the case, and that more details may be released tomorow. 

Police sources said detectives have identified at least one suspect.

A husband and wife were attacked by two gunmen who entered their home in the predawn hours Monday. The man, John Paul, was killed by multiple gunshots. His wife, Sherrell, was taken to the hospital in critical condition but has stabilized. The shooting took place in close proximity to the couple's two children, who called 911 after discovering their parents had been shot.

The gunmen fled and left in a car that was waiting in front of the house, police said.

The case has baffled police and stunned those who know the family. The Pauls are law-abiding people, police have said, and seem to have no enemies. There also were no signs of forced entry to the house. Investigators are considering the possibility that the invasion was a case of mistaken identity.

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Mike Newall has been covering Philly crime, cops and mayhem since 2007, beginning with his work with the Philadelphia City Paper and Philadelphia Weekly.

He joined the Inquirer’s New Jersey Bureau in 2010, reporting extensively on violence in Camden, and has been back on the Philly crime beat since April, where he finds the people and the stories behind the daily crime blotter.

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