N. Philly man charged in dispute that turned fatal

Posted: March 28, 2014

CONGEALED BLOOD still covered a curb on a Nicetown street last night.

It was the only indication that Daquan Clentscale was killed there late Monday - even a resident of the house Clentscale was killed in front of said yesterday that he knew nothing about the slaying.

Clentscale, 20, was gunned down in front of that home, on Kerbaugh Street near Nice, just after 9 p.m., police said. His alleged killer, Basil Lewis, 25, was arrested that night - he waited for police to arrive, and was taken into custody without incident at the scene, said Chief Inspector Scott Small, who responded to the shooting.

Lewis, of Diamond Street near 28th in North Philly, has been charged with murder, reckless endangerment and related offenses, according to court documents. He is being held without bail at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.

Police say he killed Clentscale in the heat of a dispute. A source familiar with the investigation said the two men were feuding over a woman with whom both had been romantically involved.

Whatever sparked the shooting, ballistic evidence shows it was violent: Clentscale was shot several times in his face and torso, police said. A total of 13 shell casings were found near his body, and the gun that Lewis allegedly used, a 9 mm Glock pistol, was holding only one round when it was recovered, according to Officer Leeloni Palmiero, a police spokeswoman.

Clentscale was also apparently armed: A 9 mm Ruger pistol lay between his feet when police arrived, its magazine nearly full, Palmiero said.

A man who answered the door yesterday at the slain man's home, on Somerset Street near 13th, said the family wasn't ready to comment. He said they knew little about what motivated the shooting: "Your guess is as good as ours."

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