May 8, 2013
An emotional visit to Trenton by four families who lost children in the Newtown, Conn., shootings should have sharpened the debate over New Jersey legislation that would sensibly limit ammunition clips to 10 rounds. As the Connecticut families told the New Jersey lawmakers last week, limiting the number of rounds in a high-capacity magazine can save lives, as evidenced by the fact that 11 students were able to escape when the Newtown shooter, Adam Lanza, paused to reload. The 13th bullet fired by confessed shooter Jared Lee Loughner took the life of the 9-year-old granddaughter of former Phillies manager Dallas Green in the Arizona shooting that left six dead and critically wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords.
April 16, 2013 |
IN THE 19 YEARS since the Brady Background Checks were instituted - despite Columbine, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Tucson, Aurora, the Sikh temple and now Newtown - not one law has been passed at the federal level to reduce gun violence. In fact, just the opposite has occurred. Unfortunately, there is now the growing and looming reality that this sorry trend will continue. Since Newtown, some states, such as New York, Colorado and Connecticut, have tightened gun laws, but many more have loosened them, such as Arkansas, Montana and Mississippi.
February 26, 2013 |
Two bullets struck a SEPTA bus en route in West Philadelphia early this morning, and medics treated a passenger who reported to be struck by shattering glass. SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said it was not clear if the bus was the intended target when the bullets hit the G route bus about 12:45 a.m. Redfern said police informed SEPTA other vehicles in the area were also hit by bullets. The bus was struck at about 56th and Market Streets and came to a stop at 56th and Vine.
February 24, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Kenneth Cherry Jr. was an aspiring rapper who moved from the Bay Area to Las Vegas to pursue his career. His music videos online show him cruising the Strip in his Maserati. Michael Boldon was a family man and taxi driver who hailed from Michigan and loved fast cars. The two men's lives - along with that of an unidentified passenger in Boldon's cab - ended in gunfire, a fiery crash, and an explosion before dawn Thursday on the neon-lit Strip. As investigators Friday tried to find the gunman in a black Range Rover SUV who triggered the chain of events, families and friends tried to grasp the finality of it all. "Right now my heart is breaking," said Cherry's great aunt, Patricia Sims, of Oakland, Calif.
February 22, 2013 |
I N THE SPRING and summer, Marie Zienkewicz, 89, could often be seen on the patio of her apartment in a sprawling, lush Bucks County complex watering her prim flower garden. But Tuesday night, authorities say, the senior citizen's peaceful existence came to a violent end. A bullet from a gunbattle between police and an apparently unhinged resident there found its way into the woman's apartment and killed her. "He didn't solve anything. His life's over," resident Barbara Sussman, 65, said of Andrew G. Cairns, 49, the man accused of barricading himself in the apartment above Zienkewicz's at Jefferson on the Creek apartments, on Street Road near Davisville in Warminster.
February 1, 2013 |
IF WALTER HILL is Howard Hawks, and "48 Hours" was "Rio Bravo," then "Bullet to the Head" is "Rio Lobo. " While film buffs sort that out, I'll put it another way - "Bullet" is essentially the third time that Hill has made the same movie, with amusing tweaks along the way. "Bullet" is actually a better sequel to "48 Hours" than "Another 48 Hours," with more pronounced variations. You still have the premise of a cop and criminal paired together, working to their mutual benefit, but the action has moved from Los Angeles to New Orleans, the racially mixed pair is Sylvester Stallone and Sung Kang, (from "The Fast and the Furious")
January 23, 2013 |
In an instant, the 40-year-old man at his favorite South Philadelphia corner store had a decision to make. A young thug had burst through the door waving a gun, announcing a robbery. The man decided to act, taking a bullet in the head for his grief, but - almost miraculously, according to police - living to talk about it Monday night with doctors. "The bullet penetrated his skin but not his skull," Chief Inspector Scott Small said of the Good Samaritan shot inside the Koh Kong Grocery late Monday afternoon.
January 13, 2013 |
Derrick Robinson was playing Call of Duty about 2 a.m. Friday when, suddenly, the sound of gunfire became all too real. A gunman, carrying what police believe was an AR-15 rifle, began ripping shots into the front of the house where Robinson, 18, and his brother Oliver, 22, live. The shots were fired from a basketball court at 53d and Euclid Streets in the Wynnefield section, across from the Robinsons' house. Police said they recovered 17 casings. Bullets were sprayed through windows, above the front door, and, eventually, into the Robinson brothers' second-floor bedroom.
December 28, 2012
IN A YEAR when the city's homicide rate sits at nearly one a day, cases and numbers become a blur. Here's a look back at some of the heartbreaking killings in Philadelphia this year: Off-duty officer slain Officer Moses Walker Jr ., 40, had just finished his shift at North Philadelphia's 22nd District early Aug. 18 and was on his way home when he was gunned down by two men in a botched robbery. Walker, a 19-year veteran who worked in the district's holding cell, was remembered by fellow cops - and even by men he locked up - as a model officer who always wore a smile and treated people with respect.