Friday, May 22, 2015

Two slain in separate shootings identified

Two men slain in separate shootings Monday were identified by police on Tuesday.

Two slain in separate shootings identified

Two men slain in separate shootings Monday were identified by police on Tuesday.

In the first shooting, police said 29-year-old David Hurd answered a knock at the door of the house where he lived on Magnolia Street near Washington Lane in East Germantown shortly after midnight. As Hurd peeked through glass next to the door, the person on his porch fired two shots through the glass and wall at Hurd, wounding him twice in the face. Hurd died at the scene.

Police said so far, they believe an argument motivated Hurd's slaying, but no arrest has been made. A police source and neighbors said that another man was shot in 2009 at the house where Hurd was shot, but that victim did not die. It's unclear if that victim is related to Hurd.

Court records show that Hurd has arrests for charges including theft, robbery and drug charges dating back to 2003. In March, according to court documents, he beat robbery and assault charges stemming from an incident in the area where he lived.

Before Monday ended, a second main was slain in Philadelphia -- this time in Southwest Philly's Kingsessing section.

In that shooting, police were called to a house on Florence Avenue near 56th Street, where 49-year-old Leroy Branch was found dead of gunshot wounds to the head and stomach, shortly before 10 p.m. Branch was dead upon police arrival.

A police spokeswoman said police have not yet determined a motive in Branch's killing or identified any suspects.

According to court records, Branch had a lengthy criminal history dating back 30 years, including convictions for robbery in 1984, aggravated assault in 1986, along with numerous drug and gun charges over the years. In 1998, records show, he beat a murder charge when witnesses failed to appear in court. He was found guilty of aggravated assault and gun charges in 2004.

According to police statistics, Hurd and Branch were the 82nd and 83rd homicide victims of the year, compared with 87 as of the same date last year.

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