Teen shot in Northern Liberties last homicide of 2013

Posted: January 03, 2014

WHILE MANY celebrated New Year's Eve on Tuesday night, shots rang out at the edge of Northern Liberties - killing an 18-year-old man who became the last known homicide victim of 2013.

The teen was shot about 11:30 p.m. on Girard Avenue near 7th Street. People in the trash-strewn, rundown area yesterday afternoon said they heard that the shooting occurred in front of the Fresh Donut shop, which was closed at the time of the shooting.

The shop was also closed on New Year's Day.

Cops said the teen was shot once each in the head and chest, and was taken by police to Temple University Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 11:47 p.m.

Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman, said no arrest had been made and that she did not know of a motive.

Police did not identify the victim, saying that his family had to be notified. The teen was the 247th homicide of the year. Compared to 2012, which had 331 homicides, the number of slayings dropped 25 percent last year.

Many of the businesses on Girard near 7th were closed at the time of the shooting. The Melrose Bar, across the street and trolley tracks from the doughnut shop, was open, but a worker there said yesterday that those involved in the shooting were not in the bar.

It had "nothing to do with the bar, nothing at all," said the man, who did not want to give his name. He said as far as he knew, nobody from the neighborhood was involved in the shooting because "nobody came last night to volunteer any information."

Noren Bm, manager of the nearby Tiffin restaurant, heard about the shooting from a Daily News reporter. "This area is unsafe," he said yesterday. "Sometimes people ask for money. We used to call the cops all the time. Cops, they don't do nothing."

He said his used Honda Accord, which he had locked, was stolen from in front of the restaurant three weeks ago at night. He's called the police about it, but he said they've only told him, "Whenever we find your car, we'll give you a call back." He's still waiting.

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