Saturday, January 31, 2015

POSTED: Monday, January 19, 2015, 9:49 PM
At least 18 shots were fired tonight at this crime scene in Strawberry Mansion. (Vinny Vella / Staff)

A day devoted to peace was marred by a violent shooting in Strawberry Mansion.

When the gunfire ceased, a man was dead, and two other individuals were left fighting for their lives.

The violence broke out just before 8 p.m. on 31st Street near Montgomery Avenue, police said. When officers arrived, they found three people shot, a 51-year-old man, another man believed to be in his 20s, and a 35-year-old woman.

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POSTED: Monday, January 19, 2015, 4:57 PM

Police have arrested a suspect in a weekend shooting that claimed a man's life in West Philadelphia.

Zarik Prince, 32, has been charged with murder, gun violations and related offenses in the slaying, which took place early Friday morning, police said.

The victim, a 42-year-old man whose identity has not been released, was shot multiple times inside a parked car on Ludlow Street near 55th, police said. Investigators believe the shooter was sitting inside the vehicle with the victim during the incident.

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POSTED: Sunday, January 18, 2015, 8:30 PM

A 52-year-old man suffered several stab wounds during a robbery in North Philadelphia Sunday afternoon, police said.

The victim was at 3rd Street and Susquehanna Avenue at 3:49 p.m. when a man he did not know approached him with a knife and stabbed him several times, then stole his cellphone, according to a police spokeswoman.

The victim was taken to Temple University Hospital by medics. He remained there in critical but stable condition Sunday night.

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POSTED: Friday, January 16, 2015, 8:13 PM

A man was cut down tonight, slain inside a home in Southwest Philly.

Just before 6 p.m., an unidentified man believed to be in his 30s, was found shot twice in his chest inside the kitchen of a house on Theodore Street near 71st, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Medics took the man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead about a half-hour later.

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POSTED: Friday, January 16, 2015, 5:53 PM

A teenager died tonight after being brutally stabbed by a classmate, police said.

Hours after the attack, investigators arrested a 16-year-old suspect, a police source said. He will be charged with murder and related offenses.

The incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. at 46th and Market streets as the victim, 14, was riding his bike alongside his brother and another boy, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 8:00 PM

A young woman who attended a city college plunged eight stories to her death in Center City Thursday night when she somehow fell from a dorm-room window, police said.

The 18-year-old woman, a Temple University freshman, was visiting friends at an Art Institute of Philadelphia dormitory and somehow fell out an 8th floor window at 16th and Chestnut streets just before 6 p.m., Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Small said police initially received 9-1-1 calls reporting that two people had fallen from a window, but that when police arrived on 16th Street just south of Chestnut, where the victim and a 44-year-old pedestrian she landed on were both laying on the sidewalk, they realized the younger of the women had fallen onto the older woman, who was walking below at the time.

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 7:09 PM

A 20-year-old man was clinging to life Wednesday night after he was shot in the face at an Overbrook street corner, police said.

The victim was at 65th Street and Lansdowne Avenue about 6 p.m. when someone shot him once in the face, according to police. He was taken by police to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he remained in critical condition later Wednesday.

Police said no arrests were made in the shooting.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 8:54 PM

A 44-year-old man was shot by a punk who tried to rob his corner store, police said.

The incident happened about 7:10 p.m. inside Steven's Grocery Store, police said.

Two men entered the store while its owner was talking with a 36-year-old customer, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

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