October 27, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA To hear prosecutors tell it, Maurice Kimble's slaying is one of the most open-and-shut homicide cases ever to grace a Philadelphia Common Pleas court. At least 10 witnesses watched as 24-year-old Steven Miller gunned down the Upper Darby man just after midnight on June 11, 2012, steps from a crowded nightspot at the Piazza at Schmidts complex in Northern Liberties. But as jurors began to weigh Miller's fate Friday, his lawyer urged them to consider events from the point of view of his client - a man who three years earlier was himself the victim of gun violence.
October 23, 2013 |
In a rare act of gun violence in the city's most historic neighborhood, a Northeast Philadelphia man was shot in the back early Monday during an attempted carjacking in Old City. Police said the shooting happened around 1:20 a.m. after the 34-year-old victim left the Blurr nightclub on Bank Street. The man had placed the keys in the ignition of his blue 2007 Jeep Cherokee - parked on the 100 block of Walnut Street, near the former location of Old Original Bookbinders - when two men approached, police said.
October 10, 2013 |
ARMED WITH white balloons and candles, hundreds of mourners gathered last night to remember a 22-year-old man killed Sunday during a shooting rampage in a section of Kingsessing that has endured a recent surge of gun violence. The large crowd huddled together at 54th Street and Florence Avenue in front of the Los Papi Deli and Grocery where Devin Hatch and six other people were shot. Police said four or five men wearing hoodies approached a group standing at the corner and opened fire.
October 8, 2013 |
AS I WRITE this, there hasn't been a mass shooting in weeks. I'll use the lull to shoot off my mouth about guns, divorced from the debate that usually follows a massacre in which both sides dance on victims' graves for PR gain. When President Obama tried early this year to get gun restrictions passed - including background checks identical to Pennsylvania's current system - the vast majority of Americans wanted what he wanted. His most important goal was broadened criminal-background checks at the point of sale for guns.
September 24, 2013 |
ANOTHER mass shooting - 12 dead in this one, plus the shooter - and the nation once again stands paralyzed in shock, not knowing how to react. The sad thing, besides the obvious loss of life and the traumatized surviving victims, is that there is only one consequence we can count on as a result of this latest tragedy: Gun sales will soar. That has been the trend in recent years as the country has experienced increasing incidences of gun violence. It happened after Virginia Tech, in 2007; Tucson, in 2011; and, of course, after Newtown, Conn., last December.
September 23, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA No, there was not a 9,000-strong massacre on JFK Boulevard on Saturday. The thousands of chalk outlines represented a different kind of tragedy, artists said, one that takes place one day and one victim at a time: "When you talk to people about gun violence in America . . . it's a large number, but it's a hard number for people to comprehend," said Peter Quinn, the artist behind the project. "The whole idea here is to flesh out this number. " The more than 9,000 outlines being drawn Saturday represented the country's victims of gun violence so far this year.
September 22, 2013 |
TRENTON - In the spring, Gov. Christie personally proposed a ban on sales of the .50-caliber Barrett semiautomatic sniper rifle. But last month, the Republican governor vetoed a bill that would have implemented that very ban, saying Democratic lawmakers went too far by forcing current owners to give up the military-style weapon. Now, New Jersey's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Steve Lonegan, whom Christie has endorsed, will hold a fund-raiser in Camden County in which donors can shoot the same gun for $25 a round.
September 19, 2013 |
IT FELT as if someone had slugged him in the belly with a sledgehammer. Shot just below his bulletproof vest, Philadelphia Police Officer Rick Bowes collapsed on Colorado Street in North Philly. He lay dazed and bleeding, trying to get his bearings. Suddenly, Daniel Giddings loomed into view. Standing over the downed cop, Giddings dropped the spent magazine from his illegal gun and dug into his pocket for more ammunition. Bowes didn't know that Giddings already had shot and killed Officer Patrick McDonald a block away.
August 17, 2013 |
TRENTON - As officials prepared Thursday to announce a law enforcement surge to combat a spurt in violent crime in New Jersey's capital, the urgency of the move was shockingly underscored by gunfire that left two city police officers wounded, one critically, and the attacker dead. The officers were shot as they followed up on a domestic-violence call on Hobart Avenue in the East Ward. Eric McNeil, 24, a recently freed convict, surprised the officers when he emerged from his former girlfriend's house just before 9 a.m. and fired, Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini Jr. said.
August 10, 2013 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie signed 10 bills Thursday targeting gun violence in New Jersey, including measures requiring that certain mental-health records be submitted to the federal background-check database and increasing penalties for gun trafficking. Christie did not take action on several other measures passed by the Legislature after the December massacre in Newtown, Conn., including a proposal to ban .50-caliber guns and another requiring that gun-permit information be encoded on driver's licenses.