`Shots . . . From All Around' Robbery Victims Recovering

Posted: May 19, 1998

Barbara Wallace spent most of Sunday night sipping brandy and enjoying the Motown sounds that blared from the jukebox at her West Philadelphia hangout.

But with the yelling of three words, a relaxing night in a neighborhood bar turned into terror.

``Hit the floor!'' she heard someone cry as dozens of mostly middle-aged patrons dived from their bar stools.

Then came the sound of rapid gunfire.

``Shots were coming from all around,'' Wallace, 51, recalled yesterday. ``I didn't know which way to crawl. I just heard, `Pop, pop, pop.' I looked down, I saw blood on my ankle. I put my hand on it and blood was oozing out. I went into shock after that.''

When the shots finally ended, eight people had been hit during this robbery gone awry, police said.

They said three stickup men entered the packed Edmonson's Lounge, on Market Street near 60th, at about 9:35 p.m.

But one of the patrons would have none of it.

The unidentified man pulled out a gun and started shooting at the robbers, who fired back into the crowd of about 25, police said.

William Pinkney, 18, who lived just two blocks from the bar at 62nd and Market streets, was caught outside, police said. His getaway was hampered by a bullet wound in his leg, police said. The two other thugs got away, they said.

The robbers took $400. Three guns were recovered at the scene, police said.

Wallace, who was shot in the right foot, was propped up in front of a TV set yesterday watching rental videos.

She had been released from Allegheny University Hospitals-Hahnemann earlier in the morning.

Wallace said she was about to leave just before the shooting started, but had run into a friend, Margaret Vidal, and stayed for a quick chat.

Vidal, 52, was shot in the chest and is in stable condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

The wounded included:

George Bullock, 56, a retired police officer who was shot in the right shoulder and is in critical but stable condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Taken to Allegheny-Hahnemann were Lawrence Cannady, 54, who was shot in the foot and is in good condition; Elizabeth James, 46, shot in the right hip; and Franklin Hillian, shot in the foot. James and Hillian were treated and released.

John DeJear, 70, a retired state trooper, was shot in the right wrist and is in stable condition at Allegheny University Hospitals-MCP.

Wallace had been a regular at the bar for about 23 years. Now she doubts she'll ever go back.

``I liked it because it was an older crowd and they played oldies on Sunday,'' Wallace said. ``You never know of anything to happen there. It was just unbelievable. It was a terrible experience.''

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