(PM.) Josh Kruger, a leftist journalist and activist who was based in Philadelphia, was shot and killed inside his home on Monday. Kruger had a long history of downplaying violent crime in the city, often openly mocking those who expressed concerns about homicides in Philadelphia.
Breaking: Leftist journalist and activist Josh Kruger @JoshKrugerPHL has been tragically shot dead at his Philadelphia home. Kruger has long downplayed gun violence in his city and publicly chastised others who spoke about it. pic.twitter.com/pcl5c4Z1Y8
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) October 2, 2023
“Look, it’s that lawless land of liberals in Philly where shootings are…dropping to levels not seen in years,” read a past post by Kruger.
“Some idiot just said you’re more likely to get shot and killed than die of COVID in Philly to make some insensitive rhetorical point for ‘his side.’ Folks, four times as many Philadelphians have died of COVID than gun shots this year. I understand math is hard but do better,” stated another.
The 39-year-old Kruger was shot seven times at a residence in the 2300 block of Watkins Street around 1:30 am Monday, reports 6 ABC.
No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting.
Kruger was known for being openly far-left in his views, as was vehemently against political views that did not align with his own.
There is no such thing as ethical consumption in an inherently exploitative capitalist society. pic.twitter.com/9COtXIEUUY
— Josh Kruger (@JoshKrugerPHL) September 27, 2023
Can’t wait for my new pin to go on my backpack. pic.twitter.com/v9F110VL97
— Josh Kruger (@JoshKrugerPHL) September 22, 2023
In a video he posted to X in August, Kruger ranted against “straight people,” along with a caption that called for them to “unclasp your goddamn hands for a second so your opposite direction sidewalk neighbors can traverse the highway without being tossed by your beastly partner into the gutter.”
“Share the road, straights,” he said.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Straight people, this isn’t middle school, unclasp your goddamn hands for a second so your opposite direction sidewalk neighbors can traverse the highway without being tossed by your beastly partner into the gutter. Share the road, straights. pic.twitter.com/mNvUS64pl9
— Josh Kruger (@JoshKrugerPHL) August 19, 2023
“I’m f*ckin done with it, straight people,” Kruger complained. “They should have never given you people the right to marry.”
Kruger had a history of being against the police; the leftist journalist brought up Philadelphia’s shootings unit and homicide detectives in the context of if one “want[s] to talk about doing nothing.”
You know what else does nothing? The shootings unit. They catch a mere 1 in 5 shooters. Let’s add homicide detectives too who only catch 1 in 3 murderers. If you want to talk about doing nothing, those are the facts. https://t.co/MSm5VYackH
— Josh Kruger (@JoshKrugerPHL) October 19, 2022