October 19, 1991 |
Aaron Jones, leader of the Junior Black Mafia, and one of his top lieutenants ordered and planned the execution-style slaying of a West Philadelphia food store owner, according to testimony yesterday in Municipal Court. The slaying was ordered in retaliation for the murder of the JBM's head of operations in Southwest Philadelphia, according to Christopher Anderson, 21, who testified at a preliminary hearing. Anderson said that under orders from Jones, 29, and JBM boss Samuel Brown, 30, he and another gunman burst into Mommie's Food Market, on 54th Street near Master, Aug. 18, 1990, and opened fire, killing the shop owner, Bruce Kennedy, 26. Anderson, who said he was a JBM enforcer at the time, testified that Jones ordered Kennedy's murder and Brown helped plan it to avenge an killing of Leroy "Bucky" Davis.
November 14, 1994 |
The 33-year-old sailor said he thought it was all over when a robber stole his money and gold chain, then put a gun to his head and told him to kneel. "I was sure I was going to die," testified Robert Williams, 33, a naval dental hygienist who was in the city for a family reunion on May 25. He said he could tell by the look in the gunman's eyes that he was really going to shoot. And he might have, said Assistant District Attorney Richard Sax, except for the arrival at 29th Street and Girard Avenue of Police Officer Donald West.
April 3, 1992 |
The man walked into the lobby of Temple University Hospital yesterday afternoon, pulled out a .25-caliber automatic pistol, and apparently simply picked a victim out at random. It happened to be Raj Kurup, 21, a hospital technician who was sitting on a brown padded chair near the admissions desk, police said. "What's your name?" he yelled at Kurup. And then he yelled again: "What's your name? What's your name?" Kurup may have yelled something back, something like, "Why are you asking me that?"
August 14, 1987 |
A clerk in a Chestnut Street jewelry store may have been fatally shot during an apparently botched lunchtime holdup Wednesday because the robbers mistook a device that opened the locked store door for an alarm button, police said. "She's doing something," said a woman who accompanied the gunman into the D&V Jewelers store at 2007 Chestnut St. as clerk Eleanor Miro, 38, screamed and squirmed on the store floor. Then, the man opened fire with a pistol, hitting Miro twice in the chest and once in the face.
September 7, 2011 |
CARSON CITY, Nev. - A gunman wielding an AK-47 opened fire on a table of uniformed National Guard members at an IHOP restaurant yesterday in an outburst of violence that killed four people, wounded eight others and put Nevada's capital city on high alert as the shooter unloaded his assault rifle in a bustling business district. The shooter's motive was unclear, but family members said he had mental issues. He had never been in the military and had no known affiliation with anyone inside the restaurant.
May 29, 1999 |
Shoot first and ask questions later. Apparently, that was in the mind of a clothing salesman on May 14. When Winston Webster, 36, thought he was about to be robbed by a gunman, he pulled out his own weapon and began shooting, said defense lawyer Gerald A. Stein. Jermaine Smith died after a bullet tore into his mouth on Overbrook Avenue near 76th Street. Police later found a loaded gun on the ground, next to Smith's body. This week, after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Marsha H. Neifield, Webster felt vindicated.
September 25, 1995 |
Eric Hovington told the correctional officer he was sorry for nearly killing him and another man last year. But Hovington's apology didn't impress Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer, who sentenced him to 15 to 50 years in prison on aggravated-assault and weapons offenses last week. Assistant District Attorney Marianne Cox said Hovington, 22, of Jefferson Street near 60th, shot and wounded off-duty prison Officer Arthur Gilliam, and Kenneth Chism, both 41, during an apparent holdup attempt inside an apartment on Lansdowne Avenue near 60th, on July 9, 1994.
May 13, 1992 |
An exchange of gunfire last night at an East Oak Lane video store ended in the death of a 21-year-old holdup man, police said. The man, identified as James Wilson of Penrose Avenue, Elkins Park, was shot at the Bijou Video store, 72nd Avenue and Old York Road, by a manager who had recognized him from an earlier holdup, police said. According to detectives, the otherwise quiet neighborhood near the Philadelphia border with Cheltenham Township was rocked by gunfire shortly after 7:30 p.m. Wilson accosted manager Grover Cowan, 20, at the front door of the shop, near a movie poster for "Desperate Hours," police said.
March 1, 1995 |
The prayer service last night at the small congregation in East Germantown ended with an unauthorized collection, police said. Instead of a plate, they said, the collector passed a hat. And he had a gun. According to police, the robbery occurred as the congregants were ending the service shortly before 9:45 p.m. A man walked to the front, pulled a handgun, and ordered those in attendance to put all their money and other valuables into...
September 12, 1996 |
An angry gunman killed two bar patrons and wounded two others because he "panicked" in the crowded West Oak Lane taproom, he told police. Timothy Rice, 25, opened fire at Jay's Big Shot Bar on Narragansett Street near Stenton Avenue, at 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 1. In a statement read at his Municipal Court preliminary hearing yesterday, Rice claimed he "panicked" when he was surrounded by men and suspected that one was reaching for a weapon, according to Homicide Detective Ivin Pitt.