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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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April 27, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A national gun-control campaign aimed at "bad apple" firearms dealers took aim in South Philadelphia on Saturday as advocates staged a demonstration in front of a major gun wholesaler and retailer near Front Street and Tasker Avenue. Several dozen protesters led by the Washington-based Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence singled out Firing Line Inc. for having sold, over the years, dozens of guns that later were used in crimes or in some other way ended up in the possession of law enforcement authorities.
NEWS
April 26, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police officers fired shots at a man during a foot pursuit in South Philadelphia Friday morning, police said. Police said the officers were responding to a report of a person with a gun on the 2200 block of South 25th Street in the Wilson Park Homes. When the officers arrived at the scene around 9:14 a.m., two men who fit the description of the person with the gun began running, with the officers in pursuit, police said. Police said that one of the men reached for his waistband, where he had a gun. The officers fired their guns but did not hit the man, who then surrendered, police said.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
When it comes to protecting Philadelphians from the most violent criminals, the mayoral contenders have a hard act to follow in Mayor Nutter and his top cop, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. The murder rate is down sharply, and all the city's violent crime has declined - as it has nationally. Also on Nutter's watch, the city has taken the lead in spurring efforts to stem the tide of illegal guns across Pennsylvania. While handguns - the weapons used to commit most murders - remain readily available in inner-city neighborhoods, the mayor, joined by City Council, ushered in new gun limits that were potent enough to spark a fierce and continuing legal battle with the National Rifle Association.
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April 23, 2015 | BY DREW McQUADE, Daily News Staff Writer mcquadd@phillynews.com
THERE IS a constant, monotonous mantra emanating from the microphones on the infield near the starting line. On your mark, set . . . Then a familiar sound fills the air. The muffled blast of a starter's pistol, crackling over a loudspeaker erupts again and again and again. The Penn Relays runners brace for it but it does not scare them. That reaction came earlier in their track careers. I know because I have been firing blanks for decades as a starter at CYO meets.
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer shot and wounded a man carrying two guns in Frankford late Thursday, police said. Two 15th District officers were traveling in a squad car on the 1600 block of Pratt Street, surveying the area after a report of a shooting several blocks away on Akron Street. A statement released by the Police Department said that the officers saw "what appeared to be a dispute involving a crowd" gathered on Pratt Street, and that one got out of the car to walk toward the group.
NEWS
April 13, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
IT'S TEMPTING to say that two lives were destroyed when Jimmy Becker died at the hand of his friend Ivan Oberholtzer. After all, it appears that the March 5 shooting was accidental. The boys - both 17 and seniors at Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts - were at Ivan's house on a school snow day when Ivan discharged a gun, killing Jimmy. "The students are talking about us holding an empty seat for Jimmy at graduation," says English teacher Monty Ogden, who knew both boys.
NEWS
April 12, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
The Delaware River delineates a national gun divide. On one side, a young mother decided her best defense against violent crime was to buy a gun - no doubt the remedy envisioned by state legislators who have sought to punish her hometown, Philadelphia, for any attempt at gun control. But carrying the weapon across the river got her weeks in jail and, but for a belated outbreak of prosecutorial restraint, years in prison with the criminals she was hoping to fend off. Gov. Christie's recent pardon of Shaneen Allen ended her ordeal a year and a half later, but not before she became a cause célèbre for gun-rights activists and a challenge to gun-control advocates.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A youth basketball coach who fired a gun into the air during a confrontation at a recreation-center game in Southwest Philadelphia surrendered to police Monday afternoon. Maurice Tavares, 26, of Chester, was expected to be charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, and related offenses in the incident around 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Christy Recreation Center in the 700 block of South 55th Street. Tavares' visiting team of teenage boys had been leading in the game, but the local team began a comeback, said Lt. John F. Walker of Southwest Detectives.
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April 6, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 26-year-old basketball coach fired at another coach during a teenage basketball game Saturday afternoon at a Southwest Philadelphia recreation center, police said. No one was injured in the shooting, which happened shortly before 2 p.m. at the Christy Recreation Center on the 700 block of South 55th Street, sending dozens of players, parents, and onlookers running for cover. The game was league play for neighborhood 14- to 16-year-old players, said Southwest Lt. John Walker.
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