Police Deny Mom's Claim Son Shot By Officer Had Hands Up - Fox 2 News Headlines

Police Deny Mom's Claim Son Shot By Officer Had Hands Up

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

"He didn't have a gun on him."

So says Khadijah Hassan, who insists her son, Rashid, was doing nothing wrong when he was shot by police Thursday night near 23rd and Oxford streets.

Hassan says he was running to protect his 15-year-old brother after he heard gunfire outside his home.

"They didn't bother to stop or say anything," she said. "They just started shooting."

While Hassan denies that her 21-year-old son had a gun, police say he did and he ignored orders to lower his weapon and drop it.

"A gun was recovered from the suspect or laying next to the suspect," Commissioner Charles Ramsey told FOX 29 on Friday afternoon.

"He was running. He had his hands up, saying, 'Please don't shoot me,'" a witness told FOX 29 Thursday night moments after the shooting.

That witness at the scene and Hassan's mother say police were wrong to open fire. They claim Rashid Hassan put his hands up in the air.

"If his hands are up in the air, that means, from my recollection, that's surrendering," Hassan's mother said.

"That's simply something that we have not been able to prove," Ramsey said. "We don't believe that's the case."

Ramsey gave FOX 29 an exclusive look at video from a rotating police pole camera located half a block away. It didn't capture the shooting because it was changing angles.

"Unfortunately, as it was going around, it doesn't pick up the shooting itself. It picks up responding vehicles and things of that nature," the police commissioner explained.

This was the third police-involved shooting in two days. The first two ended with gun-toting suspects being shot to death. Hassan was shot five times. His mother wants a thorough investigation.

"Tell the truth. Tell the truth on what happened last night," she said.

Police said they recovered a .45-caliber handgun at the scene and shell casings nearby. They are trying to determine if they match the gun found near the suspect. Court records show Rashid Hassan does have a prior arrest.

No officers were injured in the shooting. Hassan is in stable condition with four gunshot wounds to his legs and one to his stomach.

The police department's Internal Affairs Unit and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office continue to investigate this latest shooting and the two fatal police-involved shootings earlier in the week.

  • Dave SchratwieserMore>>

  • Newborn of Pregnant Woman Killed In Frankford Dies

    Newborn of Pregnant Woman Killed In Frankford Dies

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:23:15 GMT
    Police say the 25-year-old Megan Doto was full-term when someone shot her in the face with a .40-caliber, fully automatic weapon just before noon.
    Police say the 25-year-old Megan Doto was full-term when someone shot her in the face with a .40-caliber, fully automatic weapon just before noon.
  • An Inside Look At The Philadelphia Police Department's DIVRT Program

    An Inside Look At The Philadelphia Police Department's DIVRT Program

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-09-10 21:52:35 GMT
    Almost every day we show you surveillance videos that help get dangerous criminals off the street.FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser takes us inside Philadelphia's program that's putting those criminals behind bars.It's a plea heard all too often when police put out surveillance video of a crime like of a shooting last week that left a 49-year-old Wynnefield man paralyzed from the waist down.As victim's families plead for the public's help, detectives scramble to find video to identify the shooter. I...
    Almost every day we show you surveillance videos that help get dangerous criminals off the street.FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser takes us inside Philadelphia's program that's putting those criminals behind bars.It's a plea heard all too often when police put out surveillance video of a crime like of a shooting last week that left a 49-year-old Wynnefield man paralyzed from the waist down.As victim's families plead for the public's help, detectives scramble to find video to identify the shooter. I...
  • Police Issue Arrest Warrant For Suspect In Shooting That Left Victim Paralyzed

    Police Issue Arrest Warrant For Suspect In Shooting That Left Victim Paralyzed

    Sunday, September 7 2014 3:18 PM EDT2014-09-07 19:18:37 GMT
    Philadelphia police say they have issued an arrest warrant for Allan Stokes, 23, of the 5700 block of Harmer Street in Philadelphia.
    Philadelphia police say they have issued an arrest warrant for Allan Stokes, 23, of the 5700 block of Harmer Street in Philadelphia.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices