Southeastern PA

Homicide suspect in custody after deadly shooting

PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. - According to Phoenixville Police, suspect Keyon La-Shawn Carpenter, 21, wanted in connection with the murder of 20-year-old Joshua Mitchell, was taken into custody by Phoenixville Police and U.S. Marshals in Philadelphia just before 4 p.m. Friday. 

Friends of the victim, Joshua Mitchell, are still grieving. 

"And then about 12:30 we got a phone call that it was Josh," said Eleanore Harper, a friend of the Mitchell family. 

It's a phone call a family friend never wants to get. 

"I said, 'Oh my God, I knew the family," Harper explained. 

Harper is still reeling from the shooting of 20-year-old Joshua Mitchell. According to police, he was gunned down by 21-year-old Keyon La-Shawn Carpenter in an alleyway in downtown Phoenixville around 10 p.m. last night. Carpenter is currently in custody. 

"Knew him ever since he was a little kid," Harper said. "Terrible." 

 From a little kid, to a young man.

That's when Ernesto Perez got to know Joshua, from visiting him at the local Metro PCS store and other places around town. He was the first to pay his respects at the site of the shooting, placing a candle near bloodstained concrete.

"He was a friend, customer," Perez explained. "I knew him since he was 14 years old." 

How would he describe Joshua to those that never met him? 

"The smile. The personality. He was a really nice kid," he said. 

Investigators told 69 News that Carpenter and Joshua Mitchell were engaged in an argument prior to the shooting. 

According to authorities, Carpenter allegedly fled the scene on foot and also ditched a handgun that police later recovered. Investigators say the weapon was stolen and Carpenter attempted to scratch the serial number off of it.

Family friend Eleanor Harper said she didn't know the shooter, but hopes he feels remorse for what he's done. 

"I guess he's sorry now, but it's too late," she said. 

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