Archive: October, 2011
A man who allegedly shot a 37-year-old woman during an attempted robbery - and later fired twice at a Philadelphia police officer - was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon at Temple University Hospital after the female cop shot him twice.
The 24th District officer spotted a man who matched the description of the suspect on D Street shortly after police discovered that shooting, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
The officer yelled at the man to stop from her cruiser and he reportedly fired twice, hitting the driver side front and rear doors and just missing her head, said Small. She then fired at the man, grazing him in the head and hitting him in the chest/abdomen area, he said.
Two men were killed and another was injured in separate shootings Monday afternoon, police said.
In the first, police responded to a shooting on Huntingdon Street near 11th in North Philadelphia around 1:30 p.m. and found two men shot, according to spokeswoman Officer Jillian Russell. Police said a 35-year-old man who was shot several times in the abdomen was taken to Temple University Hospital by medics, where he was pronounced dead at 2:07 p.m. The second victim, a 26-year-old man, was shot once in the left shoulder. He was also taken to Temple and listed in stable condition.
Less than an hour later, at 2:11 p.m., police said, an 18-year-old man was found shot several times in the chest outside on Silver Street near 26th in North Philadelphia. He was taken to Temple by medics and pronounced dead at 2:33 p.m.
Police said they arrested nine men, five women and one transgender person from Occupy Philadelphia today for obstructing the highway after the group took to occupying the street near police headquarters around 5 p.m. Saturday and refused to budge.
The group of 15 were blocking traffic on 8th Street near Race for hours and even put up a canopy on the street, forcing cops to close the roadway, police said.
According to a statement on Occupy Philadelphia's Facebook page, the group was taking part in a "national day of action to bring awareness to police brutality."
Police are searching for two men wanted in armed robberies Oct. 8 in West Philadelphia.
Cops gave this account: Around 9:50 p.m., a 30-year-old man walked out of a Chinese carryout restaurant on 49th Street near Baltimore Avenue. Two men followed the victim from the restaurant to the street corner, where one suspect pulled out a silver semiautomatic handgun and pointed it at the victim, demanding his belongings. The man gave the suspects his iPhone and four dollars. The suspects ran south on 49th Street, then west on Baltimore Avenue.
Police described the suspects as two black men. The man carrying the gun is about 30, dark-skinned, stocky, about 6 feet, and weighing 215 to 230 pounds. He wore a blue hooded sweater with white strings, ripped blue jeans and white sneakers.
Police are hoping surveillance footage and help from the public will lead them to a man who robbed a convenience store at gunpoint last month in the Eastwick section of Southwest Philadelphia.
Cops gave this account of the crime: About 10:30 a.m. Sept. 26, a man walked into the Zam-Zam Market, on Elmwood Avenue near 73rd Street, and asked for a pack of cigarettes. When a clerk rang up the cigarettes, the man set a black handgun on the counter in front of her and demanded money. She opened the cash register and gave the man cash. The man then walked around an L-shaped counter, forced the clerk into an office and demanded more money. She took more cash from a desk drawer inside the office and handed it to the suspect. The man told her to stay in the office and ran onto Elmwood Avenue toward 73rd Street carrying $1,000 in cash, police said.
The suspect is described as black, about 6 feet 2, wearing blue jeans and brown work boots. The man wore a green hooded sweatshirt with images of two white masks and the words “Smiles and Tears” printed on the back.
Police are investigating two shootings that left three people hospitalized Wednesday night.
About 10:20 p.m., a 38-year-old man was shot in his lower back on 25th Street near Thompson in North Philadelphia.
Police took the man to Hahnemann University Hospital and said he was listed in stable condition early Thursday.
Police said a man with a bullet wound in his left leg drove himself and a bystander to the hospital after a shooting in Kensington Wednesday night.
A 36-year-old man was walking up to a house when an unknown man opened fire, wounding him in the left leg, police said.
A 35-year-old woman inside the house suffered a graze wound to the right side of her chest.
An argument inside a Port Richmond strip club Wednesday night escalated to gunfire, leaving one man hospitalized and another in police custody.
A 39-year-old man was shot in his right arm outside The Cove, a club on Allegheny Avenue near Richmond Street around 5 p.m., police said.
Two witnesses later identified the shooter, a 33-year-old man whose identity has not been released.