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.
August 8, 2013 |
Gun violence surged in Philadelphia late Monday into early Tuesday, leaving two men and one woman dead and a third man clinging to life, police said. Thomas Samarco, 37, of East Frankford, was gunned down about 11 p.m. Monday on the 700 block of East Allegheny Avenue in Kensington, police said. Officers found him on the ground with fatal wounds to his left shoulder and upper back. As medics pronounced Samarco dead at 11:11 p.m., a 33-year-old man was being rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after being shot multiple times minutes earlier on the 500 block of North Creighton Street in the Mill Creek section of West Philadelphia, police said.
July 27, 2013 |
Philadelphia is fighting "the way of the gun" and striving to end violence, especially among African American boys and men. That was the message Thursday at a City Hall news conference held by leaders of various city departments who pledged to work collaboratively to make the city safer. "The way of the gun is not the way of a successful life," said Richard Negrin, the city's managing director. Picking up a gun offers a young person the kind of power "you can get drunk on - the power of life or death," Negrin continued.
July 21, 2013
Crafting a city of greater spaces As PennPraxis executive director Harris Steinberg pointed out in his recent commentary, Philadelphia is rediscovering spaces long left fallow and underutilized ("Philly's renewed urbanity," July 11). Many of these spaces can really only be appreciated by pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders, and others who value a livable, walkable city where a car isn't necessary to get to work, get a bite to eat, or enjoy a beautiful green space. Fortunately, we are well on our way - which is why 25- to 34-year-olds are flocking here in droves.
July 19, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - On a scorching summer morning in a state known for its staunch defense of the Second Amendment, the mother of one of the victims in last year's shooting at a Connecticut school came to the Capitol to talk about gun laws. Francine Lobis Wheeler, whose 6-year-old son was among 20 first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown in December, said she came not as an expert on policy or law, but as a mother with a credential no parent wants: "I have lost a child to gun violence.
July 18, 2013 |
A 21-year-old man was shot and killed early Tuesday in North Philadelphia, the 10th person since Saturday to die because of gun violence in the city. The man was shot in the head about 12:10 a.m. on the 900 block of North Marvine Street, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Three homicides were reported Monday, following six Saturday and Sunday. About 10:40 p.m. Monday, Tyrone Hayes, 20, was shot in the chest on the 1500 block of North 23d Street in North Philadelphia, police said.
July 11, 2013 |
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow public possession of concealed guns as lawmakers rushed Tuesday to finalize a proposal ahead of a federal court's deadline. Both chambers of the Legislature voted to override changes Gov. Pat Quinn made to the bill they approved more than a month ago. Even some critics of the law argued it was better to approve something rather than risk the courts allowing virtually unregulated concealed weapons in Chicago, which has endured severe gun violence in recent months.
June 30, 2013 |
A barrage of gunfire interrupted mundane morning routines in the west end of Chester on Friday. Residents scrambled in their houses as two people were wounded, including the driver of a maroon Jaguar that careered out of control and crashed into a minivan, according to witnesses and police. The driver later died. The rapid gunfire came in two bursts near Ninth and Keystone Streets, an area residents say is too acquainted with gun violence. "Can we please have a state of emergency now?"