September 29, 2011 |
ANTHONY MAGSAM had a decision to make. He opened his front door early yesterday in Northeast Philly and found a group of SWAT cops standing there, search warrant in hand. He decided to cooperate. Magsam, a veteran police officer who's at the center of an ongoing investigation into the Police Department's Firearms Identification Unit, or FIU, let the cops inside and went quietly to Internal Affairs for questioning, said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. The SWAT officers removed 51 firearms from Magsam's house, on Tyson Avenue near Loretto Avenue.
January 7, 1997 |
Police Commissioner Richard Neal held aloft at a news conference yesterday one of the 516 firearms surrendered during the city's 34-day gun moratorium, which ended Sunday. Neal said of one weapon - a Tec-9 semiautomatic machine pistol - that "it does nothing but kill people. " Those who turned in weapons received $25. "This is not going to stop all violence in the city of Philadelphia, but it will impact," said James Mills, executive director of the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network.
March 21, 2002 |
A 14-year-old boy has been charged with carrying a TEC-9 assault pistol into the same Germantown charter school where a police officer's gun discharged during a show-and-tell last month, grazing a student in the face. The latest incident involving a gun at Imani Education Circle Charter School, 100 W. Chelten Ave., occurred Monday, when a 13-year-old student went into a bathroom and spotted the 14-year-old at a sink with the large handgun, police said yesterday. The 13-year-old reported the sighting to a teacher, who alerted a vice principal.
March 23, 1999 |
Mayor Milton Milan's former bodyguard, Pierre Robinson, pleaded guilty yesterday to the illegal sale of a firearm that ended up in the hands of the alleged head of one of Camden's largest drug rings. Robinson, 44, a former detective who resigned from the Camden Police Department in November after 13 years on the job, pleaded guilty to one count of selling a Tec-9 assault weapon and one count of selling a 15-to-30-round magazine for the gun. The purchaser, he said, was Jose Luis Rivera, an East Camden businessman who was indicted 13 months ago on drug charges and is behind bars awaiting trial.
September 27, 2011 |
THE FBI might soon become involved with a long-running investigation into the Police Department's Firearms Identification Unit (FIU). Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said he sent a letter to the FBI earlier this month to see if a federal criminal probe needs to be launched over the alleged actions of Officer Anthony Magsam. The Daily News reported last month that numerous police sources said Magsam had allegedly stolen parts from two automatic weapons when he worked in the FIU in 2009.
June 3, 1993 |
How much of a threat are assault weapons in Philadelphia? Compared with handguns, not much at all. Just 252 of the more than 50,000 weapons confiscated by the Philadelphia Police Department in the past 10 years were firearms that would be banned in the city under Bill 508. The bill, which prohibits the sale and possession of about 50 brands of assault weapons, was scheduled to be considered by City Council today at 10 a.m. ...
December 29, 2011 |
FIRING A gun in the air is stupid. Pointing it at the cops is deadly. A 30-year-old man learned that lesson late Tuesday night in North Philadelphia, when he decided to pop off some rounds from a high-capacity 9 mm pistol, police said. When 22nd District officers responded to Berks Street near 20th about 11:30 p.m. and ordered the man to drop the gun, he aimed it at them instead, said police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers. One officer fired two shots from his .45-caliber Glock, striking the man in the head and killing him. "It's around New Year's.
August 1, 1996 |
It's a big day for paranoid famous people getting caught with their pants down. The biggest of them - literally - is rapper Notorious B.I.G., or Biggie Smalls, if you like, who was arrested this week when cops reportedly found guns and drugs in his Teaneck, N.J., townhouse. Police knocked on the rapper's door to have him move a car parked illegally outside. (In posh North Jersey, they ask you nicely first.) They said they smelled marijuana, and, when they entered Biggie's house, found a Tec-9 pistol with a 30-round clip, two guns fitted with infrared laser-targeting devices and a revolver, all with serial numbers removed.
July 17, 2010 |
The shooting Thursday night of a police officer in Kensington reverberated with some frightening similarities to the 2008 shooting of Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski. Three men in a vehicle. A powerful weapon - more than one, in this case. A cop shot. Luckily, in this instance, Officer Kevin Livewell, 30, is doing well and is expected to recover from the wound to his right leg. Police yesterday displayed the types of deadly, "state-of-the-art" weapons - four assault-type rifles and four handguns - found in a white van and in the streets in the area of Water Street near Indiana Avenue, where Livewell was shot about 8:30 p.m. They also asked for the public's help in finding the two men who fled the van. One was wearing a dark blue shirt and dark shorts, and the other a white tank top, said Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross.
December 17, 1992 |
The rumors had been circulating all week at Simon Gratz High School that somebody was carrying heavy firepower, police said. And that is exactly what police said they found in a 15-year-old girl's locker yesterday - a Tec-9 automatic 9mm machine pistol loaded with 32 ready- to-kill bullets. Police said there had been problems between some of the students all week in or near the school, 18th Street and Hunting Park Avenue, and that shortly before 1 p.m. yesterday, a student told a Philadelphia cop assigned to the school that someone had just put a gun in a locker, police said.