The city of Chester has marked more murders in the last two weeks than it has all year and the latest shooting killed a teenager and injured three others in broad daylight.
Around 5:44 p.m. yesterday, a person or persons opened fire on Upland Street near Rose, killing 17-year-old Jesse Burton, according to police. Also injured in that gunfire was a 16-year-old who was shot in both of his legs, an 18-year-old who was shot in his right leg and a 40-year-old man who was shot in his chest. Those three are listed in stable condition at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
Earlier Saturday, around 3:34 a.m. on Clover Street near 9th, a 40-year-old man, whose identity has not yet been released, was shot once in the face and pronounced dead on scene.
Those two deaths bring Chester's murder tally up to five this year.
Less than two weeks ago, on April 17, Demetrius Jones, 21, was killed on the streets of Chester in a shooting that also injured 82-year-old Edith Hardy, who was hit by stray gunfire as she watched television in her living room on Crozer Street near 21st. Hardy survived her wounds, as did two other men who were also injured by gunfire that day in separate shootings across the city.
Add to all that the 69-year-old woman who was knocked unconscious during a robbery in the parking garage of Harrah's Casino in Chester on Wednesday and it's been a rough few weeks in city of 34,000.