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POSTED: Sunday, September 28, 2014, 10:17 PM

A suspect in a fatal shooting in Germantown Sunday night didn't get very far before he was arrested with two guns on him within about 10 minutes and a mile of the homicide scene, police said.

Cops were called to an apartment on Manheim Street near Wayne Avenue at 9:16 p.m. for the shooting. When they got there, they found the 52-year-old man who lives there shot in the shoulder and chest in the living room, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The man was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:39 p.m. Police found a holster on the victim's right hip, Small said, and three of his family members who witnessed the shooting told them that the shooter had stolen his gun after shooting him.

Cops put out a description of the shooter, who wore a black hooded sweatshirt, over police radio immediately after the shooting, and within a few minutes, officers from Germantown's 14th District spotted a man matching the description who jumped out of a black Cadillac at Chelten Avenue and Kenyon Street -- eight blocks from the homicide scene -- and started running. Small said police chased the suspicious man, caught him and found two guns on him while they were frisking him.

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POSTED: Sunday, September 28, 2014, 8:54 PM
Police say this Mitsubishi Outlander hit a 7-year-old girl, badly injuring her, in Belmont Sunday night, and then fled the scene. (Philadelphia Police)

The hunt is on for a man who hit a 7-year-old girl with his SUV in West Philadelphia's Belmont neighborhood early Sunday evening, badly injuring her, before he drove away.

Police said the little girl was at 42nd and Pennsgrove streets at 6:47 p.m. when the man, who was driving a lime green Mitsubishi Outlander SUV with Pennsylvania tag JKY7458, struck her at the intersection. The man then fled the scene of the accident without stopping, according to police. He was last seen driving east on Girard Avenue from 38th Street, police said.

The driver is described as black, 45 to 50 years old, with a medium build and facial hair with a "little bit of gray in it," according to investigators.

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POSTED: Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:28 PM

A careless driver plowed his SUV into another vehicle last night, killing a man as he was driving his grandson home from football practice, police said.

The crash took place just after 8 p.m. at the intersection of Gorgas Lane and Ardleigh Street in East Mount Airy, said Captain Anthony Ginaldi.

A green SUV blew through a stop sign and slammed into the driver’s-side door of a red sedan, said Ginaldi.

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POSTED: Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:50 PM
Scene of a SEPTA bus crash on Washington Avenue near 15th Street in South Philadelphia. (VINNY VELLA / Twitter)

A bus crash tonight claimed the life of a young mother as she was trying to cross the street, police said.

Just before 7:30 p.m., police were called to the scene of a SEPTA bus crash on Washington Avenue near 15th Street in South Philadelphia, said Captain Anthony Ginaldi.

At the scene, officers found an 8-year-old boy trying to rouse his mother, who was lying in the middle of the street.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 4:45 PM
Alan Stokes

After evading police for nearly a month, Alan Stokes will now answer for the senseless shooting that left the husband of a police dispatcher paralyzed.

Members of the FBI Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Stokes, 23, Wednesday at a home on Abbotsford Avenue near Greene Street in Germantown, police said today.

He has been charged with attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault and related offenses in the shooting of a man outside a West Philly grocery store last month, police said.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 4:01 PM

Three men killed in separate shootings around the city this week were identified by police on Thursday.

Slain in an apparent ambush in the parking lot of a Popeye's restaurant on Broad Street near Hunting Park Avenue in Hunting Park on Tuesday afternoon was 42-year-old Kenneth Woods, who lived on 18th Street near Wagner Avenue in Logan. Police have said they believe Woods' homicide spurred another double shooting in East Germantown early yesterday morning that left a 25-year-old pregnant woman dead.

Killed yesterday in a midday shootout that put a Fairhill charter school on lockdown was 30-year-old Rafael Cruz, police said. Cruz, who lived on Orleans Street near Amber in Kensington, was shot in the back at American and Cambria streets, just outside the Pan American Academy Charter School, and later died at Temple University Hospital. Investigators have said they believe Cruz and a second man, who was also wounded by gunfire but did not die, had a shootout on the block. The second man has not been identified.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 5:53 PM

A bustling street in South Philadelphia's Southwark section was barraged with gunfire that left a 19-year-old man dead Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the victim, whom they did not identify Wednesday, was on Watkins Street near 6th about 5 p.m. when, according to witness accounts, two gunmen opened fire on him, unleashing at least 29 gunshots down Watkins Street from 6th.

The man was shot once in the back of the neck and was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead just after 5:30 p.m., Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Morgan Zalot @ 5:53 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 4:52 PM

One man was dead and another wounded after police said the two engaged in an apparent shootout in broad daylight on a Fairhill block Wednesday, prompting a school lockdown.

The alleged gun battle happened at Cambria and American streets around 1 p.m., according to police. A 30-year-old man was shot twice in the back and taken to Temple University Hospital by medics. He was pronounced dead there at 1:40 p.m.

The second gunshot victim, a 22-year-old man, suffered three gunshot wounds to the arm and one to the back, police said. He was in stable condition at Temple Hospital later Wednesday. Police said investigators recovered two guns at the shooting scene and that based on preliminary investigation, they believe the younger man shot the older man to death, possibly when the two exchanged gunfire.

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