Four days, four fatal shootings

All were killed in Camden by unidentified gunmen.

Posted: June 20, 2007

Camden's homicide rate surged after four people were shot to death in as many days. The flurry of killing leaves this year's homicide toll at 16, compared with a dozen at this time last year.

Kuandell Drayton, 20, of Pennsauken, was gunned down late Monday as he sat outside a house in the 200 block of Rand Street. A vehicle pulled up at 11:15 p.m., two men got out, and one shot Drayton in the upper body, authorities said. One of the men grabbed something from Drayton, then both fled in the vehicle, said Bill Shralow, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

Police found Drayton dying on the ground.

The slaying followed a bloody weekend in Camden.

Early Sunday, a Woodlynne nurse's aide was shot dead near a bar in the city's Bergen Square section. Tierra Pressley, 24, was killed in a spray of bullets as she stood on the sidewalk at Seventh and Sycamore Streets near the 7th & Kaighn Lounge, Shralow said.

Pressley had been talking with a friend on the street about 2:30 a.m. when a gunman opened fire. Pressley, struck multiple times, died a short time later.

The friend, Andrian Jackson, 32, was treated for multiple gunshot wounds at Cooper University Hospital, where he remained in critical but stable condition. Police had no motive or suspects.

As daylight broke on Sunday, a 16-year-old was gunned down in the Whitman Park section, the sixth slaying in that neighborhood this year. Saluhuddin Igwe, of Lindenwold, who had spent the night with family in the city, was walking along the sidewalk at 5 a.m. when an unknown man with a gun approached and fired several times, police said.

The gunman ran off, leaving the fallen teen in the street. Igwe was pronounced dead a short time later. Police had no motive or suspects in the shooting.

On Saturday, a man was shot to death and his younger brother was seriously wounded when a man with a gun opened fire after an argument in the city's central Waterfront neighborhood.

Mariano Vega Jr., 28, was arguing with several men near his Chestnut Street home about 2 a.m., police said, joined later by his brother, Eduardo, 23. One of the men drew a weapon, fired on both brothers, and ran, police said.

When police arrived, Mariano was dead. Eduardo drove himself to Cooper University Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery for multiple gunshot wounds to his chest. Investigators made no arrests and did not know what prompted the argument.


Contact staff writer Sam Wood at 856-779-3838 or at samwood@phillynews.com.

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