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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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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.
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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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November 20, 2014 | By Joe Dolinsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
You'll know Philadelphia CeaseFire's newest tool to combat gun violence when you see it. A converted 33-foot 1995 Winnebago branded with the words "Stop. Shooting. People. " doesn't exactly blend in. And that's the point. "This tool gives us a constant opportunity to show residents and those just driving by that we're really out here, on the streets, working toward a reduction in youth violence," said program director Marla Davis Bellamy. Bellamy spoke Tuesday outside Temple University's Student Faculty Center at 3300 N. Broad St., moments after the ribbon was cut on the mobile office by State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke.
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November 13, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County woman Wednesday became the first person sentenced for the straw purchase of guns under the state's "Brad Fox Law," receiving a six- to 12-year jail term. In addition, Delaware County Court Judge James Bradley ordered seven years of probation for Staci Dawson, 22, of Chester. The law, which went into effect last year and is named for a slain police officer in Plymouth Township, Montgomery County, is aimed at toughening penalties for those who buy guns for felons.
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November 12, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 57-year-old man fatally shot in the city's Germantown section this weekend was identified Tuesday as the father of a player for the Los Angeles Lakers. Police said no motive was known for why Wayne R. Ellington, of the 400 block of West Mount Airy Avenue, was shot inside a car Sunday night. "My family and I are devastated by the news of my father's murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia," Wayne R. Ellington Jr. said in a statement. "We appreciate everyone's support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.
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November 12, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five Democratic legislators and the cities of Philadelphia and Lancaster have filed suit to block a new state law that greatly expands the ability of gun advocates - including the National Rifle Association - to challenge local attempts to regulate firearms. The law, passed in late October, gives the NRA legal standing to bring suits against local municipalities that enact their own gun laws and to require those municipalities to bear all legal costs should they lose. As the result of the law, gun control advocates say, municipalities that attempt to place restrictions on guns could face prohibitively costly court fees should those laws be found legally wanting.
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November 12, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the guns was used last week by a man who was angry at his ex-girlfriend and fired seven bullets through a window into her Norristown home – just missing an 8-year-old child, police said. Three more guns allegedly were sold outside Cheltenham Mall in July. The man who bought them was slain in Philadelphia four months later, his death still unsolved, officials said. Yet another weapon, an AK-47, was sold to "a foreigner" - a man from Africa who lives in Ambler and drives a gold-colored SUV, a confidential informant allegedly told detectives.
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November 9, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another delay may be in store for a controversial new law allowing the National Rifle Association to sue over municipal gun ordinances. When Gov. Corbett signed the law Oct. 28, municipalities had 60 days to decide whether to repeal their ordinances or risk a costly lawsuit. But the clock was pushed back 10 days when it was discovered that Corbett had signed the wrong version of the law. Now, several leading Democrats are trying to delay the law further - or block it entirely - by challenging its constitutionality.
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November 2, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Amy Worden, and Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writers
The tableau was memorable: As Friday night turned to Saturday morning, a former Pennsylvania governor and a possible future governor serenaded a packed piano bar in Philadelphia's "gayborhood. " Ed Rendell, accompanied by pianist Ghosha D'Aguanno, sang "Close to You. " Tom Wolf, running for governor, said he hadn't been asked to sing solo in 50 years - and then sang "I'll Never Fall in Love Again. " The two Democrats toured the gayborhood's night spots, aiming to rally a Tuesday turnout for Wolf.
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November 1, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A NORTH PHILLY MAN was gunned down yesterday in an execution-style shooting, police said. Just after 4:30 p.m., Rodney Richardson, 28, was shot seven times in his torso, chest, back and arm as he stood in the walkway of a home on 11th Street near Poplar, a police source said. Medics rushed him to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later. According to preliminary evidence, Richardson had just parked his Chevrolet Malibu in front of the home and was standing in the walkway when two men pulled up in a white Jaguar, the source said.
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