August 17, 2016 |
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.
August 17, 2016 |
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.
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
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.
August 11, 2016 |
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.
August 7, 2016 |
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.
August 3, 2016 |
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.
July 29, 2016 |
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.
July 28, 2016 |
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.
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?