Man killed in North Philly during robbery attempt

Posted: May 10, 2011


A 23-year-old man who was set to graduate from Penn State University this week was shot in the face and chest about 5:15 p.m. yesterday on Camac Street near Susquehanna Avenue, North Philadelphia, during an attempted robbery.

Police said the victim was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital at 5:42 p.m.

The victim was sitting on the stoop in front of his girlfriend's house when the shooter approached and asked for the keys to his motorcycle, said Homicide Sgt. Bob Wilkins. The victim said no. "It was a fatal mistake," Wilkins said.

Officials described the killer as a bald black man, about 6 feet tall with light facial hair. They said the man had tattoos on his neck, and was wearing a black hooded sweater.


Police in Chester are investigating whether an impounded car was set on fire yesterday to conceal evidence in connection with a Sunday-night shooting.

Two men, ages 18 and 20, were shot about 9 p.m. on Morton Street near Johnson, and taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center and were in critical condition, police said.

Police found an abandoned, bullet-riddled car on the other side of town shortly after the shooting, and a witness saw a man with a gun running from the car, according to reports.

The Clayton Auto Garage at 4th and Clayton streets - where the car was impounded - burned down yesterday afternoon as police were waiting for a warrant to search the car. According to reports, the car was likely set ablaze to conceal evidence from the shooting, which was reportedly an act of retaliation for an April 8 shooting during a party that killed two and left eight injured.


A man was fatally shot by police during a foot chase last night on Birch Street near Emerald in Kensington.

At 8:14 p.m., police dispatchers relayed an "assist officer" call in the 24th Police District. Police said two officers fired at a man they were chasing. Police reported that the man was dead at the scene and a gun was found.

Police were responding to a report of a person with a gun and drug sales on Monmouth Street near Amber, and the chase followed.


Police are searching for the driver of a maroon sedan that hit and killed a pedestrian on Roosevelt Boulevard early yesterday in Hunting Park.

Early reports indicated that Martin Xol, 22, was hit by the car after getting off a SEPTA bus. However, Jerri Williams, a SEPTA spokeswoman, said Xol was not among passengers who left the Route R bus at Roosevelt Boulevard and 4th Street about 1:50 a.m. The bus driver said that the maroon car was in front of the bus and was driving through a green light when Xol stepped off the curb along 5th Street to cross Roosevelt Boulevard and was hit, Williams said.


Police are zeroing in on the gunman wanted in the slaying of a 39-year-old woman in Kingsessing on Saturday. Wilkins said investigators "do have a suspect" in the slaying of Yvette Saunders, but aren't ready to release the man's name.

Saunders was shot in front of her sister's house at 52nd and Reinhard streets by a man who was aiming at her son, Wilkins said. Saunders' son had made comments to the shooter earlier in the day after seeing the man hit a woman during a neighborhood fight. "She was just an innocent bystander," Wilkins said.

- Staff report

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