The two men killed this weekend were identified today by police. No arrests have been made in either case, and the motives in both slayings are unknown.
Weymouth Street near Cheltenham Avenue, Crescentville
Linden Henry, 32, of Hamilton Avenue near Rockwell Road in Willow Grove, Montgomery County, was found inside a white Cadillac de Ville about 6:18 p.m. Friday by officers from the 15th District, police spokeswoman Officer Leeloni Palmera said today.
Henry had been shot several times in the head and was pronounced at the scene.
Ridge Avenue near 29th Street, Strawberry Mansion
Philadelphia Housing Authority officers, city police and an FBI agent shot a man who pointed a gun at them early this morning, police said.
Several housing authority officers saw the 31-year-old Southwest Philadelphia man, whose name wasn’t released, fire a handgun at an unknown person around 3 a.m. on Judson Way near 23rd and Jefferson Street in North Philadelphia’s Norman Blumberg Apartments, police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said.
The gunman ran away as Housing Authority officers alerted city police and requested backup. The officers and an FBI agent who also responded chased the gunman into a field on Stewart Street near 24th and fired at him when he pointed his firearm at them, Stanford said.
Police have arrested a Southwest Philadelphia man for the shooting death earlier this month of Jahmeer Alphonso Jett, an aspiring boxer who was the son of a Philadelphia police officer.
Kevin Davis, 25, of 61st Street near Buist Avenue, was charged with murder and related offenses for gunning down Jett, 19, outside his home on Grays Avenue near 62nd in Southwest Philadelphia, at 5:50 p.m. on Jan. 17. Jett died 20 minutes later at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Investigators determined that a gunman approached Jett from behind and fired multiple shots into his back at point-blank range before running away.
Police listed the motive as retaliation but offered no further details.
Relatives of a man killed and a woman seriously injured when a fire escape collapsed off a Center City apartment building two weeks ago have filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming the landlord was negligent and caused the collapse by not repairing the deteriorating fourth-floor balcony.
Albert Suh, 22, died and Laura O’Brien, 24, suffered a broken back, a leg wound that required 60 stitches to close and other serious injuries in the Jan. 12 collapse of the fire escape balcony that was attached to their apartment on 22nd Street near St. James in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood.
The roommates plummeted about 43 feet to the ground; Suh died shortly after at Hahnemann University Hospital. O'Brien's back injury required surgery and the implantation of steel surgical rods and plates, according to the lawsuit. Another roommate also fell and suffered a broken back, but she’s not part of this lawsuit. The three were hosting a birthday party with friends and stepped out onto the fire escape when its iron rails collapsed and the platform broke away from the wall, according to the lawsuit.
After experiencing a brutal three-day period where six people were slain last weekend, the city managed to escape this Saturday with no reported shootings, according to police.
Unfortunately, the streak of good luck was short-lived. Around 1:47 a.m. today, a 23-year-old man was shot several times in his back, leg and head on Ridge Avenue near 29th Street in Strawberry Mansion. He was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital at 2:06 a.m.
Though his name has not been released, police have identified him as black. In a study released by the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the nation for black homicide victimization, with many of those victims coming from right here in Philadelphia.
A shooting in Crescentville has left a man dead tonight, police said.
The victim, a 30-year-old male, was found inside a vehicle on Weymouth Street near Cheltenham Avenue about 6:18 p.m., according to police spokeswoman Officer Jillian Russell.
He had been shot several times in the head, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
An elderly man died last night trying to escape from his burning home in Upper Darby, police said.
Firefighters found the body of Edwin Duncan, 78, near a window in the dining room of his home on Westwood Lane near Penn Pines Boulevard about 9:30 p.m., Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.
"Apparently, he was trying to get out, but couldn't," Chitwood said. "Passersby told officers they could hear him screaming for help."
An Olney teen has been charged with murder in connection to a fatal shooting that happened on the block he lives on, police said.
Hector Echevarria, 18, was arrested late last night at his home on Mascher Street near Tabor Road, police spokeswoman Officer Leeloni Palmera said.
He's charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter and related offenses in the death of William Hopkins, 19, whom officers from the 35th District found shot once in the chest Tuesday night on that same block of Mascher Street, Palmera said.