August 14, 2000 |
Police are still searching for the gunmen who shot up an illegal dice game in North Philadelphia early Saturday, killing two people and wounding nine. Police responded at 3:02 a.m. to a report of gunfire on the sidewalk near the Eagle Bar on Germantown Avenue at Erie Avenue. Twenty to 30 people were outside the bar when as many as 40 shots rang out, police said. "We believe there were a couple of shooters," Homicide Lt. Michael Morrin said. Killed were Donald Hodge, 20, of Kensington, who was found dead of a head wound a few blocks from the bar, and Mark Smith, 25, of Morton, who died at Temple University Hospital.
July 30, 2014 |
BACK IN April 2008, Kenneth Wiggins, 19, stole more than $1,000 from Qentin Salmond during a dice game in Germantown. Three days later, Salmond, his brother Bernard and their friend Jamil Baynes got revenge on Wiggins in broad daylight. Just before 1 p.m., as Wiggins left Skyline Restaurant on Chew Avenue near Chelten, Qentin Salmond, disguised in a Muslim woman's outfit, and Baynes, wielding a handgun, approached from behind and shoved him to the ground. Baynes then opened fire, fatally shooting Wiggins in the chest.
August 12, 2006 |
A dice game that may have turned bad led to the death of an 18-year-old in North Philadelphia. Police still are sorting through conflicting statements surrounding the murder. The incident was one four shootings - including a brazen early-afternoon subway assault yesterday - in the city within 12 hours that left two men dead, one extremely critical, and two others seriously injured. By 4 p.m. yesterday, this year's homicide total was 242 killed, compared with 224 during the same period last year.
August 13, 2000 |
A gun battle that police say grew out of a dice game near a busy intersection in North Philadelphia left two people dead and seven injured early yesterday morning. The gunfire at 3 a.m. sent about 30 bystanders running for cover at Broad Street and Erie Avenue, in a neighborhood where bars and sandwich shops attract a lot of foot traffic. "There was a crap game out there, and there was some kind of argument during the game," Philadelphia Police Lt. Michael Morrin said. "I don't know exactly what the argument was about.
May 30, 1999 |
A Frankford bar owner shutting down his business for the night. A West Philadelphia man returning home after a night on the town. A Mantua man at home entertaining friends. And a West Philadelphia gambler who had just finished a dice game. In five hours, all four men were shot to death in separate killings late Friday night and early yesterday, police said. So many homicides in such a short span was "unusual," Sgt. Alex Strong said. But he added that he had seen a day in his 29 years on the force when there were more: July 4, 1995, when seven people were murdered in 24 hours.
February 24, 2000 |
Ex-con Isaac "Ike" Floyd has struck out in the criminal justice system. Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Eugene E.J. Maier granted prosecutor Thomas Malone's request to sentence Floyd, 27, to a life prison term under the state's three-strikes law. Noting that Floyd, of Meehan Street near Musgrave, has nine convictions for violent crimes, Maier imposed life without parole, plus two other consecutive life terms, plus 75 to 150 years. Malone said Maier's sentence was for the near-fatal shootings of three men during a mid-afternoon robbery of a dice game at Armat and Heiskell streets in Germantown on Aug. 3, 1999.
March 2, 2000 |
Prosecutor Matthew Weintraub said yesterday that he would seek the death penalty for a Bucks County man who is accused of killing a Bristol Township resident over a $1 gambling debt. William Kareem Mike, 22, formerly of the 1000 block of Winder Drive, was held for trial on a criminal-homicide charge after a preliminary hearing by Common Pleas Court Judge Kenneth G. Biehn. Mike, who was a fugitive for nearly two years, is charged with killing Martin "Tino" Cruz, 21, of Bristol Borough on Nov. 28, 1997.
May 29, 1999 |
A dice game on a South Philadelphia street corner last night turned deadly when one of the gamblers drew a gun and fired, killing another player and wounding a teenage mother and her 7-month-old son - both of whom had been down the street. The gunfire erupted near Sixth and Emily Streets about 10:40 p.m., police said. Some people were shooting dice. Then "somebody got mad at somebody, and pow!" said one officer at the scene. Police in the area heard four shots, a brief pause, then three more shots.
June 26, 1998 |
The jury saw the murder on a restaurant surveillance tape, but didn't get the whole picture, said defense lawyer Bernard L. Siegel. The attorney conceded that his client, Rashan Berry, 18, of Patton Street near York, shot and killed Hassan Hodge, 21, inside the business on York Street near 30th on Aug. 1, 1997, shortly after the two had argued during a dice game at another location. Siegel said Berry was drunk when he arrived at the restaurant and was provoked into the shooting when he saw Hodge reach for a gun. Yesterday, a jury cleared Berry of first- and second-degree murder and a conspiracy charge, but convicted him of third-degree murder and robbery.
May 16, 1997 |
Vaughn Gaillard won the craps game but lost his life, said the prosecutor. Gaillard, 27, of Hollis Street near Beverly Road, was killed after refusing a demand to allow the game's loser a last chance to recoup some of his money on Aug. 5, 1995, said Assistant District Attorney Jude Conroy yesterday. After grabbing his winnings near Narragansett Street and Stenton Avenue, Gaillard was shot twice in the back while walking toward his car. Conroy said that "sore loser" Clifford Brown, 25, ordered the manager of the game, Robert Richardson, 24, to shoot Gaillard after reminding him to "handle your business.