January 5, 2016 |
A SMALL PATCH of East Birch Street in Kensington was pocked with at least 15 crudely drawn yellow circles Sunday afternoon - proof that whoever killed a 33-year-old man there really wanted him dead. Hours earlier, the circles had contained bullet casings as homicide investigators worked the scene of a brazen execution-style slaying that awakened the neighborhood around 4:15 a.m. Cops say someone opened fire on a man sitting at the wheel of a Mercury Grand Marquis, striking him in the head, face, and neck.
November 19, 2015 |
Lincoln University is tightening security after five shots were fired at a dormitory early Saturday on the rural Chester County campus. No one was hurt in the incident, which followed an altercation at a party Friday evening. University police are investigating with assistance from state police and the Chester County District Attorney's Office. No arrests have been made. Under new procedures, only one of the university's gates - the one on Baltimore Pike facing the gymnasium - will be open to visitors, who will have to show identification to the officer on duty, interim President Richard Green said in a memo to students, faculty, and staff.
November 3, 2015 |
HALLOWEEN weekend was hellish in Philadelphia, with at least 14 people shot - seven on Halloween day alone, according to police. After the bullets stopped flying, a woman, a man and a teenage boy were dead, three men remained in critical condition and eight others - including a 14-year-old boy shot while riding his bicycle - were in stable condition nursing gunshot wounds. Motives for the shootings ranged from robbery to possible road rage, from arguments to stray bullets. The first fatality was shortly before midnight Saturday, after police responded to reports of gunfire at Nicetown Park on 17th Street near St. Paul in Nicetown.
July 15, 2015 |
Two people were wounded by gunfire, one critically, on an Ogontz block Sunday night, Philadelphia police said. Police said the victims were sitting outside their homes on the 1600 block of Widener Place with friends at 10:18 p.m. when they heard gunshots. One victim, a 20-year-old man, heard the shots, realized he had been hit, and ran into his house. The second victim, a 45-year-old woman, was listening to music with friends outside another house on the block. She was struck in the abdomen and right leg, and is now listed in critical condition at a hospital.
April 28, 2015 |
Loud talking. Gunfire. "Oh, s-! Get out of the way!" Then a faint voice calling, "Help. " Liz, a 44-year-old resident of the Gateway neighborhood in Camden, heard the confrontation on Mechanic Street as midnight Friday gave way to Saturday morning. She looked outside and saw someone helping a person on the ground struggling to get up. Immediately, she called 911. By the time she ran outside, police and paramedics were already there. That's when she saw a young man, shaking and struggling to hold himself up, lock eyes with her. To her horror, it was her 18-year-old cousin Ja'Meer Bullard.
April 22, 2015 |
A MAN STOOD on Mount Ephraim Avenue in Camden clutching an umbrella, unaware that several Philadelphia City Council members were watching him from another part of the city in a dark room full of computer monitors. Council President Darrell Clarke had led the journey over the Ben Franklin Bridge to Camden yesterday morning to check the Camden County Police Department's nerve center, its Real-Time Tactical Operations and Information Center, where a network of cameras and hidden microphones is monitored like something out of a spy thriller.
April 8, 2015 |
A DELAWARE COUNTY man accused of shooting more than hoops during a weekend basketball game in Kingsessing claims that his gunfire was in self-defense. Maurice Tavares, 26, surrendered to police yesterday with his attorney, Eugene Tinari. Investigators had been seeking the Chester resident since Saturday, when he allegedly fired a single shot from his .40-caliber handgun while coaching a team of teens inside the Christy Recreation Center, on 55th Street near Whitby Avenue. To hear Tinari tell it, Tavares was acting in desperation, fearful of the actions of an angry crowd.
April 2, 2015 |
LISA HARLEY was inside her house Thursday night when she heard the gunshots. A few of them, just before 10:30. She did what she always does when she hears gunfire in her corner of West Philly - she called her son, Gregory Pharr, to make sure he was OK. He didn't answer. But she wasn't worried. Then, later that night, there came a knock at her door. It sounded like Gregory's, the kind he would use when it was late and he wanted to come inside. But it wasn't him. And it never would be again.
February 14, 2015 |
Philippe Holland, a pizza delivery man who was shot by Philadelphia police last April, has filed a long-expected suit against the city. Holland, 20, from Upper Darby, was hit in the neck, leg, and head when two officers fired 14 shots at his car after he made a delivery in West Philadelphia. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey has said the shooting was "unfortunate all around" and "turned out not to be a good result. " He could not be reached for comment Thursday. The lawsuit, filed Monday by attorney Thomas R. Kline in Philadelphia court, names as defendants plainclothes officers Mitchell Farrell and Kevin Hanvey, of the 18th District.