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October 19, 1991 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 14, 1994 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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April 3, 1992 | by Jack McGuire, Daily News Staff Writer
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?"
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August 14, 1987 | By KURT HEINE, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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September 7, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
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May 29, 1999 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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September 25, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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May 13, 1992 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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March 1, 1995 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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...
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September 12, 1996 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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August 18, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
Najee Rivera's family sat in a Philadelphia courtroom Tuesday watching in anguish as the man who allegedly witnessed his fatal shooting last December claimed he did not get a close look at the accused gunman's face. Max Elmine, who sullenly told Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni that he didn't want to be there and that he had been brought to the preliminary hearing by officers and homicide detectives who showed up at his home at 3 a.m., testified that it was too dark around 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at C and Somerset Streets to have seen the face of the man who fought with Rivera before pulling a handgun and shooting him once.
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July 15, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police are asking for help identifying a gunman who robbed a Northeast Philadelphia store Monday night. The man entered the Abreu Mini Market, at 948 Sanger St. in the Summerdale section, at about 8:25 p.m. After getting a drink, he went to the counter and pointed a black semiautomatic pistol at the cashier behind the store's plastic partition, police said Wednesday. "Do you want to die?" the robber threatened the other man. In the video, the gunman is seen going behind the partition and struggling with the male cashier.
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July 1, 2016 | By Janaki Chadha, Staff Writer
The FBI is asking the public's help in finding a bandit believed responsible for 10 armed bank robberies in Montgomery and Bucks Counties between 2012 and 2015. The suspect, described as a white male in his 50s, about 6 feet tall, with a stocky build, concealed his face with a bandanna, mask, or pillowcase, and often wore hooded sweatshirts, suit coats, and hats. The first robbery took place in Horsham, the last in Dresher. In several stickups, the robber threatened tellers with a black semiautomatic handgun and may have driven a light-blue BMW. The FBI urges anyone with information to call 215-418-4000.
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June 17, 2016
ISSUE | TERROR IN ORLANDO We must teach our children better As a parent of young children, I want to apologize to them. I and my generation have let them down. As part of Generation X, we saw the bigotry and hatred of previous generations as ridiculous. We were open. Free. Accepting. Compared with our predecessors, I felt that walls of gender, race, and sexual orientation were falling. We were closer to judging people "by the content of their character," as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sought.
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June 5, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
Kenneth Lee spotted the shotgun-toting man in the frightening Halloween mask in the parking lot of the drug store via security cameras. "'I am armed. Do not come into the store,'" police said the pharmacist shouted repeatedly at the man as he came through the door and walked the 35 feet toward the counter. Using an umbrella as a shield, the masked man vaulted the counter. Lee then fired several shots from a 9mm handgun, and when police arrived, they found the would-be robber dead on the floor.
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May 31, 2016 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Sean O'Casey is an iconic figure in Irish drama, and his trilogy about the Dublin of the 1920s - The Shadow of a Gunman , Juno and the Paycock , and The Plough and the Stars - features his most famous plays. The last of the three is the new production of the Irish Heritage Theatre (a coproduction with Plays and Players), commemorating the 100th anniversary of what is known as the Easter Rising, a failed attempt to free Ireland from British rule. All, set in Dublin slums, provoked riots when they were premiered at the Abbey Theatre.
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April 25, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Police on Saturday released more information about a fatal shooting Friday night in Southwest Philadelphia. The victim, a 25-year-old man, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the parking lot of the Korman apartment complex, at 8400 Lindbergh Blvd., shortly before 9:30 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medics. The fiancee of the slain man told police that she and the victim had just returned home to the apartment complex and had parked their vehicle in the parking lot when they saw a man they did not know sitting on the steps of the rental office.
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April 19, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Police are still looking for the gunman who wounded a Philadelphia police officer Sunday night in West Philadelphia, Police Commissioner Richard Ross said Monday morning. Police took two people into custody after the shooting but Ross said neither of them was the suspect who shot Officer James McCullough in the left thigh while he was chasing two suspects during a botched car theft on Sunday in West Philadelphia. Investigators said McCullough, 24, was shot during the foot pursuit.
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March 12, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Whatever motivated the gunman who seriously wounded Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett in a barrage of bullets, it remains a mystery to the five-year veteran. "I didn't hear him say anything," the officer, speaking publicly for the first time about his ordeal, told a Philadelphia judge Thursday at a preliminary hearing for Edward Archer. Hartnett, 33, was shot multiple times while sitting in his parked cruiser on Jan. 7. Investigators said Archer, 31, of Yeadon, confessed to doing it "in the name of Islam.
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