Sunday, February 7, 2016

Man shot dead on South Street identified as 21-year-old from South Jersey

One man is dead and another stands charged with murder after a brawl inside a South Street club this weekend spilled onto the street and escalated into gunfire.

Man shot dead on South Street identified as 21-year-old from South Jersey

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One man is dead and another stands charged with murder after a brawl inside a South Street club this weekend spilled onto the street and escalated into gunfire.

Dead of several gunshot wounds to his chest and head is Demetry Presley, 21, of Sicklerville, N.J., according to police. Lance Smith, 24, of Willingboro, N.J., was arrested at the scene and charged with murder and related offenses, police said.

Court records show that Smith was arrested in Philadelphia in 2011 for DUI and resisting arrest, though those charges were eventually dropped. A police source said that arrest also happened on South Street.

The gunfire erupted on South Street shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday morning after police arrived at the Mixed Plate near 2nd Street to break up a fight. Police said the crowd -- and the skirmish -- spilled outside, and Smith allegedly pulled a gun and shot Presley several times. Presley was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he died around 7:30 p.m.

In May, Tom Watson, a popular DJ, was shot to death on South Street near the same intersection during a robbery gone awry inside the Haagen-Dazs ice-cream shop as he walked through the store in the middle of the night heading back to his apartment upstairs.

Court records showed that Smith had not yet been arraigned around 5 p.m. Monday.

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