Man charged in 2011 shooting at Kingsessing center

Posted: February 15, 2013

Philadelphia police charged a 24-year-old man Wednesday with opening fire into a crowd at a Kingsessing playground during a basketball game in August 2011, a crime that injured six people and led Mayor Nutter to post a $20,000 reward for information.

Isiah Davis, 24, of the 1400 block of South 51st Street - blocks from the Kingsessing Recreation Center, where the shooting took place - was charged with six counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault, and other offenses.

Davis, accompanied by a lawyer, turned himself in to police Wednesday, Lt. John Walker said.

Police believe a neighborhood feud sparked the Aug. 22, 2011, shooting, which sent five men and one woman to the hospital with gunshot wounds. About 500 people were in the bleachers around the park's basketball court that night for an adult league game when they saw a young man run across the court during halftime and fire a .40-caliber handgun into the crowd.

In the days after the shooting, the many witnesses offered little information to police, prompting Nutter, who had played at the park as a child, to announce the reward and implore residents to come forward.

Eventually, police began receiving tips that led them to focus on Davis, Walker said.


Contact Allison Steele at 215-854-2641 or asteele@phillynews.com.

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