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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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!
NEWS
November 18, 1986
Upon reading Christopher Hepp's Oct. 26 article, "Why prominent people hold gun permits," I feel compelled to respond to some of the issues discussed. I agree with the Police Commissioner Kevin M. Tucker that the number of gun permits should be reduced. But I believe that the more detailed application form, which now requires a fuller explanation of why the gun is needed and asks whether the applicant has tried other means before seeking a gun permit, is not enough. First of all, those interviewed for the article said that they rarely carried their guns.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 28, 2001
New York police believe a feud between rap artists Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown turned to gunfire. According to the New York Post: "Hip-hop diva Lil' Kim pleaded ignorance yesterday in the street-corner gun battle that erupted after her crew and another rapper's posse crossed paths outside a radio station. " "Crew?" "Posse?" What are they, street gangs? We had hoped after the shooting deaths of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., that rappers would reduce the level of violence they attract and encourage.
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NEWS
August 17, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
THERE IS NOTHING sweeter than kids in pajamas on a Saturday. No school or day care to get to, nothing to do but refill sticky cereal bowls and juice cups and snuggle in for cartoons before hitting the swings for outdoor fun. Mark Short's little ones - Liana, 8; Mark Jr., 5; and Willow, 2 - were in their pj's on Saturday, Aug. 6, when he blew them away with the gun he had bought two weeks before. Babies bleeding to death in their jammies. I cannot begin to shake the image from my head.
NEWS
August 17, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
LEESPORT, Pa. - About three weeks before she and her three young children were killed at gunpoint on the floor of their living room, Megan Swingle Short had called 911 to say she was afraid of the man who would end up murdering her family - her husband. She told a Berks County emergency dispatcher that she and Mark Short had been arguing. But Mark Short was gone from the family's house in Sinking Spring when police arrived on that day in July. Officers told the 33-year-old mother how to get a protection-from-abuse order to keep him away.
NEWS
August 14, 2016
An unidentified man in his early 50s was fatally wounded in a shooting Friday afternoon in North Philadelphia, police said. The man was shot in the chest, stomach, shoulder, and arm just after 2 p.m. in the 2300 block of North Second Street, police said. Medics took him to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:36 p.m. Police reported no arrests. - Robert Moran  
NEWS
August 12, 2016
A 46-year-old man was fatally shot Wednesday night in North Philadelphia, police said. The shooting occurred just after 10 p.m. at Germantown Avenue and Cambria Street, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. Officers were patrolling nearby and responded quickly enough to see a man running from the scene with a gun. The officers pursued the suspect on foot and caught him at 11th and Cambria Streets, Small said. The suspect, a 23-year-old man, tried to toss a revolver in some bushes but police recovered it. Police took the victim, identified Thursday as Jorge Lopez, of the city's Fairhill section, to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:42 p.m. Authorities did not release the suspect's name Thursday, saying charges had not yet been formally filed.
NEWS
August 11, 2016 | By Tommy Rowan, STAFF WRITER
A 21-year-old man accidentally shot and killed himself Tuesday night at a North Philadelphia gun range, police said. The shooting happened around 7 p.m. at the Gun Range, 542 N. Percy Street, police said. Authorities said the man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest after the gun he was cleaning unexpectedly fired. The shooting was deemed accidental. Police said Wednesday that the man was apparently handling the gun as if it were jammed when the firearm went off. The man, whose name has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at Hahnemann University Hospital at 7:34 p.m. Tuesday.
NEWS
August 7, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Cameron Robertson was a young man who stayed out of trouble, graduated college, returned to his hometown of Philadelphia and tutored students, then used his entrepreneurial wits to become a small-business owner. He was also the father of a 3-year-old girl, whom he adored. On Monday afternoon, Robertson, 26, was walking from an auto-body shop near Berkley and Greene Streets in Germantown, on his way back to his own auto-repair shop when someone gunned him down. He was pronounced dead a short while later at Einstein Medical Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
THE TEEN CHOICE Awards took on a somber tone Sunday when Jessica Alba , Ne-Yo and teenagers related to shooting victims in San Bernardino, Newtown and Orlando, called for an end to gun violence. Good luck with that. Alba and singer Ne-Yo, who performed Marvin Gaye 's "What's Going On," asked the audience to stand and for everyone to post on social media using the hashtag #StopTheViolence. Apologies. We hadn't realized they hashtagged it. Justin Timberlake also brought seriousness to the otherwise silly ceremony when Kobe Bryant gave JT the show's version of a lifetime achievement award.
NEWS
July 29, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey endorsed Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, saying he believes Clinton is the candidate most likely to push for an assault weapons ban and comprehensive background checks for would-be gun purchasers. "Now more than ever, we need a strong steady leader to stop the bloodshed," said Ramsey, who retired from the Philadelphia Police Department in January. "A leader that will protect our officers from being outgunned by weapons of war, and to rebuild the bonds between police and communities.
NEWS
July 28, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
By sheer logistics, Ruth Donnelly and Dorothy Johnson-Speight might have never met. In 2001, Johnson-Speight was 52, living in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, working as a mental health therapist. Donnelly was 43, living in Olney, and working in education. Five miles separated them. They lived in different worlds. But profound tragedy - and coincidence - linked the two: Both lost their sons to murder. Both sons were killed by the same man, just five months - and two blocks - apart.
NEWS
July 20, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 No place for guns There will be thousands of angry people in Cleveland this week legally voicing their concerns about the Republican candidate and the state of our nation. Among them, whatever their motivations, will be people visibly carrying all kinds of weapons, from pistols to assault weapons, loaded with bullets, some capable of piercing bulletproof vests ("A peaceful, focused protest," Monday). "Open carry" is allowed in Ohio. Its exercise seems foolish and provocative, especially now, when shootings, ugly discourse, and heated political rhetoric make us all on edge and sad. At the least, open carry is confusing for police officers, who deserve all the support they can get. What if a police officer - making a split-second decision - kills someone walking around in camouflage gear and toting a long weapon?
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