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March 11, 2007 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police identified a bystander yesterday who was shot to death Friday afternoon while washing the windows of the intended victim's car in a West Philadelphia repair shop. Three unrelated shootings were also reported overnight. The dead bystander, Gary Bigelow, 40, of North Philadelphia, was working at the garage when a multicolored van pulled up around 3 p.m., police said. One or more shooters fired in the direction of Bigelow and a mechanic making repairs under the car at the shop, in the 900 block of South 53d Street.
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May 19, 1992 | By Lea Sitton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A bullet fired by a gunman during a chase in South Philadelphia yesterday struck a bystander in the head while he was playing with a small boy on a front step, police said. Marshall Woodward, 25, of South Philadelphia, was in stable condition at Graduate Hospital last night. The 16-month-old boy with him was not hurt, police said. A second man, the target of the gunman, was listed in stable but guarded condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Police identified him as Charles Johnson, 24, of South Philadelphia.
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July 21, 1988 | By KURT HEINE, Daily News Staff Writer
Another innocent bystander was shot yesterday as a gunman missed his target on a crowded West Philadelphia street and hit the intended victim's friend in the head, police said. The gunman's bad aim brings to five the number of bystanders blasted over the past nine days by errant gunfire. Four were children. The victim, Gregory Tiggs, 35, of Ruby Street near Race, had nothing to do with the tiff between his pal, who wasn't identified by police, and the gunman, who fled after the 9:40 a.m. shooting on 51st Street near Spruce.
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July 24, 1997 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
When gunmen indiscriminately spray bullets around the city these days, it's often the innocent who catch the lead. That's what happened to Margarito Rivera, 59, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time June 14 when two bullets fired at another man tore into his body, killing him. "He was an innocent bystander, a man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Assistant District Attorney Thomas Margiotti. "This was a real tragedy. " Yesterday, after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Francis P. Cosgrove, Luis Nazario, 19, of Palethorp Street near Somerset, was held without bail for trial on murder and weapons charges.
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June 24, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police made an arrest Sunday in the April shooting death of a bystander caught between two men firing at each other on a street in Gray's Ferry, Philadelphia police said. Shekinah Williams, 28, of the 2100 block of Sears Street in the Point Breeze section, faces charges in the death of Clarice Douglas, 45, officials said. The charges were not specified. A warrant had been out for his arrest since April. On April 20, Douglas was short in the head and back as Williams and another man were involved in a gun battle in the 1500 block of South Corlies Street, police said.
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October 4, 1986 | By JACK McGUIRE and FRANK LENNY, Daily News Staff Writers
A bystander was shot and critically wounded by a police officer early today as he attempted to arrest a man in the rape of a North Philadelphia woman a short time before, police said. Police said Officer Robert Muench of the 23rd District, 17th Street and Montgomery Avenue, was transporting the woman in his patrol car to the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Rape Clinic when she spotted her attacker on the southwest corner of Broad Street near Vine at 4:06 a.m. Muench continued driving south on Broad to Race Street, made a U-turn and returned to Vine, police said.
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June 1, 2010 | By WENDY RUDERMAN, rudermw@phillynews.com 215-854-2860
An 86-year-old woman was shot and injured while standing on her porch in Southwest Philadelphia last night. Police said that the woman was shot in the thigh about 9:15 p.m. by a man who was firing shots as he pursued another man down 51st Street near Springfield Avenue. "She was just an innocent bystander," Capt. Mike Ryan said at the scene. "She was just minding her own business. " An officer who arrived on the scene clamped down on the woman's wound to help stem the flow of blood.
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October 5, 1986 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
A police officer, firing several shots at a rape suspect who was aiming a gun at him, missed the suspect but shot and critically wounded a bystander yesterday morning near a Center City intersection, police said. A second pedestrian was slightly hurt by sidewalk fragments, apparently broken by the gunfire, at the intersection of Broad and Vine Streets, police said. Detectives said the rape occurred shortly after 2:30 a.m. yesterday in the first-floor apartment of a 32-year-old woman on North 16th Street in North Philadelphia.
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April 21, 2012 | By Phillip Lucas, Daily News Staff Writer
A double shooting Friday afternoon in Grays Ferry left neighbors outraged over the death of an innocent bystander and wondering how to keep themselves and their children out of harm's way. "This . . . is really getting out of hand on these streets. What can we do?" James Parker asked as he looked across Corlies Street to the spot where a 45-year-old woman, whom neighbors identified as Clarice Douglas, was gunned down. Neighbors said she was a bighearted woman who was always seen riding bikes or playing football with her children, or sipping coffee with her mother on the porch where her life came to an unexpected end. A shootout between two men running along Corlies Street near Dickinson around 2:30 p.m. left the woman dead and one of the shooters, an unidentified 23-year-old man, in critical but stable condition Friday night at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
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October 10, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
RONALD OCKIMEY and Leon Owens, both armed with semi-automatic handguns, meant to kill on the evening of April 11, 2012. Their Southwest Philadelphia gang, the Backstreet Boys, was beefing with a rival gang, the Greenway Boys. So, when Ockimey, Owens and a third gunman spotted two Greenway members exiting a convenience store at 53rd and Greenway streets, they started to shoot. At least 17 rounds drove the Greenway members back into the store, where they drew weapons and returned fire.
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August 13, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A MAN ACCUSED of escalating a petty argument into a violent shooting that wounded three bystanders, one of whom was clinging to life last night, is behind bars, police said. Leonard Hampton, 44 - of Tampa Street near Wyoming Avenue in Juniata Park, where the shooting took place - has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, gun violations and related offenses after he allegedly called three of his scumbag buddies for help after losing an argument with another man late Saturday.
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August 12, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
NO ARGUMENT is worth shooting someone over. But four punks apparently thought it was a good idea to settle their beef by using gunfire late Saturday and sent three uninvolved passers-by to the hospital in the process, according to police. Last night, one of those victims, 25, was clinging to life at Temple University Hospital after one of the stray bullets struck him in the head. Meanwhile, investigators were pursuing a warrant for one of the suspects, who has a prior arrest for murder, according to a police source.
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May 9, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
IN WEST PHILADELPHIA, along Callowhill Street, two groups of young men had been feuding since 2006, but in 2012 things turned deadly, a Philadelphia jury was told yesterday. A member of the 64th and Callowhill gang was slain on Feb. 22 that year. Gang members retaliated by shooting and injuring a member of the rival 62nd and Callowhill gang a month later, on March 27, Assistant District Attorney Jack O'Neill told the jury. Still seeking blood, 64th and Callowhill members Justin Brown, 23, and Elijah Fleming, 26, drove around looking to shoot a 62nd and Callowhill member in early May 2012 but instead killed a bystander, O'Neill told the jury on the opening day of Brown's and Fleming's joint murder trial.
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August 2, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three alleged gunmen whose fight in a Nicetown bar escalated into a sidewalk shootout ending in the Thanksgiving weekend death of a woman fleeing the mayhem were ordered to stand trial on murder charges Wednesday by a Philadelphia judge. The three - Byron McDonald, 20; Anthony Palmer, 34; and Roland Thompson, 36 - were held without bail in the death of Johnika Tiggett, following a preliminary hearing by Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon. DeLeon dismissed charges against Rashon Wiggins, 25, for lack of evidence.
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June 7, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, Jane M. Von Bergen, and Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writers
On Wednesday morning, the College of Physicians, home of the Mutter Museum at 22d and Ludlow Streets, was bustling with workers. In front of the building, Bill Roam of East Lansdowne unloaded drop cloths from his truck. His son's painting company had a job inside and he had stopped by to see how it was going. Four stories above, Ray Kauffman and his crew from a Langhorne roofing company were hours into the work day. From their lookout, they could watch the demolition of a vacant brick building on Market Street.
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January 23, 2013 | By Rosalind S. Helderman and Paul Kane, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - It was not exactly a day for Republicans. Their most recent standard-bearer remained out of sight, home in California. Their two most recent presidents were home in Texas. And as President Obama took the oath of office, those who were there sat stone-faced, barely meriting a mention as the president laid out the kind of liberal agenda they have long feared. "I would have liked to see more outreach," said Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), who sat stoically behind a pair of dark aviator sunglasses, offering little reaction as Obama spoke.
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December 25, 2012 | By Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press
HOUSTON - A Houston traffic stop ended with a gunman shooting and killing a police officer and a bystander on Christmas Eve in the parking lot of a body shop, police said. The incident that began shortly before 9 a.m. Monday quickly deteriorated from a traffic stop into a violent confrontation when the suspect sped off in his black car rather than pull over, police spokesman John Cannon said. As the suspect fled, he sideswiped a white truck, which also took off after him, he said. The suspect and the truck's driver eventually pulled into a nearby Maaco body shop, and that is when the officer with the Bellaire Police Department approached the vehicle, Cannon said.
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November 20, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
ZYKIA SANDERS had just attended a friend's birthday party at the West Park Apartments in Powelton on Saturday when her life was ripped away by a stray bullet intended for someone else, according to police. Now, authorities are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of her killers. According to Homicide Capt. James Clark, Sanders, 22, was with a group of people outside the apartments, on Busti Street near Holden, after the party let out around 2:18 a.m., when three men in a four-door sedan rolled up to the crowd.
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November 20, 2012
Philadelphia police were still seeking leads in the Saturday-morning fatal shooting of bystander Zykia Sanders outside the Westpark Apartments in West Powelton. Sanders, 22, was leaving her grandmother's apartment building in West Philadelphia when she was hit by a stray bullet, her mother said. Tameka Jamaladdin said her daughter was leaving the building where she was living with her grandmother, on the 4400 block of Holden Street near Powelton, around 2 a.m. "There was already a commotion" and about 15 to 20 people were outside, she said.
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