A young Philadelphia man walking his dog was fatally shot during an apparent robbery attempt just one block from his home, police and his devastated relatives said.
The victim, identified by family members as 25-year-old Milan Loncar, was strolling with his beloved dachshund-Chihuahua mix, Roo, just before 7 p.m. Wednesday in the city’s Brewerytown section when two male suspects approached him, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
One of the assailants pointed a gun at Loncar as both suspects started reaching towards his pockets. The 2019 Temple University graduate was then shot once in the chest and later died at a hospital, police said.
Investigators on Thursday released disturbing surveillance footage of the slaying. The suspects then fled on foot westbound, police said.
A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. No one was in custody as of Friday, a Philadelphia police spokesman confirmed to The Post.
“He was the kindest person in the entire world,” Loncar’s sister, Jelena Loncar, told the Inquirer. “This is so screwed up.”
“He was the kindest person in the entire world”
Loncar’s sister, who lived just blocks away from her “charismatic and kind” younger brother, is now planning on moving out of Philadelphia, she said.
Loncar’s keys and cellphone were found at the scene, but his wallet was back at his house, relatives told the Inquirer.
“I don’t know if he was targeted,” Jelena Loncar said. “I don’t know if they were going to rob anyone. If he’s walking his dog, why would he have a ton of cash on him? I don’t get it.”
Loncar’s mother told WPVI he was planning to move in with his girlfriend in March and was “just starting out” in life.
“I don’t know why they did it,” Amy Lounsberry told the station. “I can’t understand. They didn’t get any money. Did they need it so badly or were they trying to show off?”
Police described the suspects as black males, one of whom was “slightly husky” and had a semi-automatic handgun. Anyone with information about the slaying should call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334.
Video shows recent Temple grad fatally shot while walking dog The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.