Archive: October, 2011
An unidentified New Jersey man was fatally shot Thursday night in the doorway of a South Philly home that police say has ties to prostitution activity.
Shots rang out around 8:30 p.m. on 8th Street near Earp, and police were trying to find witnesses and determine a motive.
Police said the 47-year-old man was standing in the doorway of a house when he was shot in his head and chest. He was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police are investigating a shooting in Southwest Philadelphia that left two men critically wounded Wednesday night.
About 11:50 p.m. a 23-year-old man was shot once in his head and a 22-year-old man suffered wounds to each of his hands and a thigh on 60th Street near Upland.
They were taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and were listed in critical condition early Thursday morning.
Police are hoping surveillance footage and help from the public lead them to a man who is wanted in connection with an armed theft at a Rite Aid in Olney on Sunday.
A man walked into the store, on Rising Sun Avenue near Lima Street, around 7:20 p.m. and began stuffing goods into a black bag, police said.
When a cashier asked the suspect to pay for the merchandise, he brandished a knife that he pulled from his back pocket and left the store without paying, police said.
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Police are investigating a shooting in West Philadelphia that left two men critically wounded Monday night.
A 21-year-old man was arrested in connection with the shooting shortly afterward, police said.
Police are investigating a shooting in Nicetown that left a 57-year-old man lying dead on the pavement in front of his home Monday night.
The unidentified man apparently was getting out of his car on Nice Street near Lycoming when he was shot once in the back of his head, police said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:44 p.m.
A 21-year-old woman was hospitalized after she was shot in the leg in South Philadelphia Sunday night, police said.
The woman was shot on 20th Street near Jackson at 7:37 p.m. and taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania by medics, police said. No arrests have been made, and police have no information on a motive.
It was another in a spate of shootings that have plagued the area of South Philadelphia in and around the Point Breeze and Grays Ferry neighborhoods during the past two weeks. It is unclear whether this shooting is connected to others nearby, including a shooting Thursday night in which a 21-year-old man was shot three times five blocks from this incident, at 22nd and Sigel streets.
Police need help finding a burglar who allegedly hid inside a Crescentville Kmart until the store closed on Friday, then disabled the store’s alarm system and stole merchandise worth $10,000.
In surveillance video released by police Sunday, the suspect can be seen entering the store at Castor Avenue and Orthodox Street and going into a storage area. Police said he then stole game systems, laptops and TVs before fleeing around 12:30 a.m.
Police described the suspect as a black man about 30 years old who is 5 feet 11 inches tall and has a goatee. He was wearing a dark shirt with white stripes and dark pants.
Police are seeking the public’s help to track down a man they say broke into an Olney food market and stole $300 worth of cigarettes, milk and cereal early Friday morning.
Surveillance video of the incident released Sunday shows the suspect throwing a large object through the glass door of Penn’s Food Market, at Rising Sun Avenue and Tabor Road, just before 3 a.m. Friday, then going inside and taking several items.
The suspect is described as a white man with dark hair and a medium build. He was wearing a dark jacket, dark pants and carrying a dark-colored backpack with an image of a bat on it, police said.