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August 24, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
It was "paranoia" that caused the North Philadelphia teen-ager to shoot and kill a man who was trying to rob him, even after the man had put down his weapon, the suspect told police. Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron said Bryan Blair, 17, overreacted when he killed Anthony Jarman, 28, inside a house on Master Street near 15th on July 10. Yesterday, after a preliminary hearing, Municipal Judge J. Earl Simmons ordered Blair, of Jefferson Street near 17th, to stand trial in adult court on a general charge of murder.
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September 18, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Navy Cmdr. Tim Jirus began his day at the Washington Navy Yard like a typical Monday: answering e-mails. But soon, a stranger standing next to him had been shot dead, and Jirus was running from gunfire. "Two shots rang out. He got hit. I did not," Jirus said. "He was shot in the head, fell in front of me, and I ran after that. " As is so often the case in mass killings, the stories at the Navy Yard on Monday began with utter normality, only to turn to panic. Patricia Ward had just bought breakfast when the shooting began, and she fled, rushing past a guard who had her gun drawn.
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February 8, 2002
WE'RE SURE Officer Vanessa Carter-Moragne feels terrible about her gun discharging and hurting a 10-year-old boy. She's a mother herself, after all; in fact, she was at school to pick up her son Wednesday when a group of students asked to see her gun. She removed the clip and passed the automatic weapon around; apparently, there was one bullet in the chamber. When she returned it to her holster, it discharged, grazing a student, who required five stitches and was sent home. But the fact that something far worse didn't happen doesn't mean she should get off easy.
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May 19, 2008
ONE THING to remember about the Philadelphia Gun Violence Task Force is not how many guns it confiscates, but the people it arrests. And there is one other thing: the amount of noise it makes on the streets. Last week the task force, funded by a $5 million state grant championed by state Sen. Vince Fumo, announced 19 people had been charged with illegally transferring handguns. Since December 2006, the task force, which includes representatives of the offices of the district attorney, attorney general and Philadelphia police, has arrested 165 people and taken in 262 firearms.
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July 31, 2008
TO letter-writer Albert Whitehead: As is clearly indicated in the picture on Page 6 (July 22), that is a revolver that doesn't eject its spent casings. The primers (center of the bullet) is indented, indicating the firing pin hit them and indeed blasted away in Southwest Philly - most likely at cops hired to protect you, your family and me when entering the city to work. Thanks to all the brave cops who put their lives on the line every day. Mark Daughterman, Langhorne Mr. Whitehead, before you start thinking that the police did wrong, look at the picture carefully!
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August 31, 1986
Once again we view with shock and horror at a national tragedy, this time in the town of Edmond, Okla. - a tragedy of an extremely disturbed individual with a gun. Once again we question the easy accessibility of guns, especially to those persons who can produce such irreparable harm to our society. We know that such incidents can happen anywhere, any time and in any town in the good old U.S.A. We witnessed one here at the Springfield Mall. Though we are shocked at these occurrences in our society, we hear of the powerful and influential gun lobbyists, backed by the gun manufacturers and gun associations, who argue that the crime is not the gun, but the offender with the gun. It is time for a national outcry against the gun laws, by the citizens, whose voices should be heard by the President, Congress and lawmakers at every level.
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January 13, 1987 | By Howard Manly, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Philadelphia man who shot himself with a gun that was registered to Mayor Goode in 1980 was charged yesterday with weapons offenses and making a false report to police, police said. The man, Herbert Byrd, 30, of the 1300 block of North Conestoga Street, was arrested at 4:15 p.m. at his home, a police spokesman said. Byrd was awaiting arraignment last night. Detective Gerald Whartenby, a police spokesman, said Byrd gave a false account of how he wounded himself in the thigh Nov. 18, the day the gun came to light.
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February 8, 2001 | by Barbara Laker, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Dana DiFilippo contributed to this report
Over and over, this kind of story has a tragic ending. Boy finds loaded gun. Boy picks it up. Boy dies. But Joseph Lynch Jr., 7, of the Northeast, created a different story and gave his parents, cops and friends a reason to be proud. Joey, a first-grader at St. Martin of Tours, will be honored by the Philadelphia Highway Patrol tomorrow for preventing a possible tragedy after finding a fully loaded gun in the snow. Joey discovered the black and silver pistol under a mound of snow on New Year's Eve as he and his father, Joseph Sr., were shoveling the walk outside their home on Lardner Street near Roosevelt Boulevard.
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September 12, 1990 | By Michael Peck, Special to The Inquirer
A Bellmawr man was charged last week with hindering prosecution after he attempted to recover a handgun police believe was used in an attempted murder in Bellmawr Sept. 1. Bellmawr Detective William Hanna said he and an investigator from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office were searching for the weapon at 4 p.m. last Wednesday near a ramp leading from Interstate 295 to Interstate 76 when they spotted Jeffrey Reed, 20, of the 200 block of Walnut Avenue. "I found him looking for the gun," Weston said.
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January 19, 2015 | By Stephanie Farr, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN AARON Rogers' little brother, Tremaine, was murdered as they played basketball outside their Overbrook house in 2013, his world was broken. "My brother is all that I had," he told the Daily News . "Ninety percent of me is gone now. " This week, someone took the rest of him. A gunman shot Aaron, 20, in the face about 6 p.m. Wednesday outside Vincent's Pizza at 65th Street near Lansdowne Avenue, police said. He died 24 hours later at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - the city's 16th homicide victim of the new year.
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January 16, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
  TWO DECADES later, Andy Callaghan, a 25-year veteran police sergeant, still can't forget the sound of the bullet whizzing by his ear. It was winter 1995. As he had done dozens - maybe even hundreds - of times, he geared up to serve a warrant, this time in Southwest Philadelphia. He knew that facing gunfire and having to shoot back to stay alive was always a possibility. But he didn't anticipate it that night. "It was a Thursday. I was exhausted from court and work," Callaghan, 48, recalled recently in his office at the Livengrin Foundation for Addiction Recovery campus in Bensalem, where he serves as director of the First Responders Addiction Treatment Program.
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January 15, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kim Jones had a routine. A few minutes after 9 each morning, she would step outside her two-story rowhouse on North 12th Street and walk a half-block to Jefferson Street, where the Route 23 bus stopped. Twenty minutes later, she'd arrive at Turning Points for Children, a Center City agency, where she directed a program that helps the families of kindergartners and first graders in Philadelphia schools. Her killer knew the routine, too. At 9:15 Tuesday, as she was waiting for the bus, the 56-year-old mother of two was shot once in the back of the head.
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December 30, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A word of warning for those short-tempered souls battling long airport security lines on their way back from their holiday travels: Your fellow passengers are just as stressed and more likely this year to be armed to the teeth. The federal Transportation Security Administration caught more people in 2014 trying to slip firearms, knives, grenades, and even swords through security screening checkpoints than in any year in the last decade, according to agency statistics. As of Dec. 25, TSA agents had retrieved 2,164 guns from carry-ons, purses, and coat pockets - a nearly 20 percent increase over last year.
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December 25, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
If Bradley Stone's capacity for violence existed before last week, he apparently kept it well-hidden. In the past year, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Tuesday, Stone raised no red flags in 22 court appearances and 17 visits or contacts with probation officers, lied about having guns, and convinced a military psychiatrist that he wasn't homicidal or suicidal. Last Monday, he proved it all wrong. In about 90 minutes, officials said, Stone shot, slashed, and chopped to death his ex-wife and five of her relatives, according to newly released autopsy details.
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December 20, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
As they review Bradley Stone's deadly rampage Monday, Montgomery County investigators said they do not know why the Marine veteran - who had three DUI arrests, a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, and a bitter custody dispute over his two daughters - was not stripped of his guns as required under the terms of his probation. "We don't know the answers" yet, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman acknowledged in an e-mail Thursday. She said the investigation was continuing.
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December 19, 2014
AN 18-YEAR-OLD youth was taken into custody yesterday after police recovered a handgun at a Philadelphia high school. The incident happened at Samuel Fels High School, on Langdon Street near Sanger in Crescentville. Officers responded to the school about 10 a.m. after a student reported seeing a gun, officials said. The school was placed on lockdown until about 1:30 p.m. During a search, cops found an unloaded revolver inside a trash can in the weight room, district spokesman Fernando Gallard said.
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December 19, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AFTER A MOTHER pleaded guilty yesterday to involuntary manslaughter in the tragic death of her 11-year-old daughter - who was shot by her 2-year-old brother - the woman's attorney said it was time for the family to heal. Attorney Eugene Tinari said he hoped that Common Pleas Judge Glenn Bronson would "fashion a sentence that will allow [the mother] to reunite with her children to begin the healing process. " But Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore said the defendant, Tiffany Goldwire, 31, deserves more prison time when she is sentenced Feb. 27. Pescatore read a summary of the facts of the case in court.
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December 19, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham and Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writers
A revolver was recovered Wednesday at Samuel Fels High School after authorities received a tip a male with a gun was in the building. An 18-year-old student was taken into custody, School District spokesman Fernando Gallard/ "Besides facing possible criminal charges, the student will be referred to expulsion," Gallard said. A lockdown of the 1,100-student school at 5500 Langdon St. in Philadelphia's Crescentville section was being lifted in phases. The school was placed on lockdown when a student reported another student had a weapon in a backpack inside the building, Gallard said.
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December 18, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
THEY SAY a protection-from-abuse order is just a piece of a paper. For Valerie Morrow, it might as well have been her death certificate. Hours after the 40-year-old mother had obtained the order on Monday, the man she'd feared the most - Stephen Rozniakowski, an enraged Delaware County cop with a history of harassment - grabbed a gun, strapped on a bulletproof vest, kicked down the door to her Glenolden home, ran up the stairs and shot her, authorities...
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