The man wanted in the killing of a 16-year-old mother last week was the subject of two outstanding bench warrants in drug cases at the time of the shooting, court records show.
Seeking the public's help in tracking down the suspect, police released a wanted poster yesterday of Gerald Camp, 19.
Camp is charged in an arrest warrant with the murder of Appollonia Tucker following what police said was a seemingly minor argument on Wednesday. The shooting occurred in a house full of people at 4931 Hoopes St. in West Philadelphia. Tucker, who lived in the Point Breeze section of South Philadelphia, had taken her 10-month-old daughter to Hoopes Street so the infant could see her father, friends of the victim said.
Detective Bureau Chief Inspector Joseph Fox complained last week that 85 percent of those arrested for homicide have prior records and that many are the subject of bench warrants.
Court records showed that Camp has two outstanding bench warrants for drug arrests in November 2005 and last June.
A warrant originally issued after the 2005 case was rescinded after last year's arrest only to be reissued in August when Camp failed to show for a court date for both cases.
Police said Camp is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has the name "Deyanna" tattooed on both upper arms and the image of a teddy bear on the lower left arm.
Camp had at least four addresses in West Philadelphia, Olney, Carroll Park and Kingsessing, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 215-686-3068 or 215-686-3336.