#GunCrisis: Philadelphia, regional and national updates

Seeking gunmen:

Above: Police released surveillance video Tuesday, hoping to identify suspects wanted for the armed robbery of a Target store last weekend in Northeast Philadelphia. Police also released a video seeking the the suspect who shot a 30-year-old man in Juniata Park earlier this month, during a an incident previously reported by 6ABC, NBC10 and Fox29.

Philadelphia incidents:

Five men have been wounded by gunfire in Philadelphia since our last incident update on Monday:

A 22-year-old man was listed in stable condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after he was shot in the leg just after noon Monday on South 56th Street near Broomall Street in the Kingsessing section of Southwest Philadelphia, a 23-year-old man was in critical condition at HUP after he was shot in the chest around 5:30 p.m. Monday at 59th and Chestnut Streets in West Philadelphia, and a 20-year-old man was reported critical at Temple University Hospital after he was shot in the chest around 10:30 p.m. Monday at 6th and Norris Streets in North Philadelphia.

One man was hospitalized after a police-involved shooting incident shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday at 51st and Willows Streets in the Cedar Park section of West Philadelphia. Officers were responding to reports of gunshots when the incident took place, according to NBC10. The Philadelphia Daily News reported that the wounded man was in critical condition with a head wound at HUP. CBS3 and 6ABC also had reports.

A 41-year-old man was reported stable with an arm wound after he was shot at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at 58th and Thompson Streets in the Carroll Park section of West Philadelphia. Five more men were shot over the weekend in Philadelphia, as we previously reported.

Editor’s note: We have deleted one incident report after a source informed us that the victim’s injuries were self-inflicted.

Lightning Talk:

Bryan Lentz, former State Representative and former Chief of the Philadelphia Regional Gun Violence Task Force will discuss Focused Deterrence at  Young Involved Philadelphia’s Police Lightning Talks, Thursday evening in Center City. Check Facebook and TicketLeap for more info.

Pennsylvania updates:

Police were searching for two men they say robbed a movie theater in Bala Cynwyd Monday night, according to NBC10Fox29 reported on a shooting Tuesday night in Chester.

A man was shot in what Lebanon City Police believe was a robbery attempt, police were at the scene of a shooting reported in York Monday afternoon, and a 23-year-old man was shot in the arm just before noon Tuesday in Harrisburg, according to pennlive.com, which also posted an Associated Press story reporting that a 17-year-old boy was shot to death near Pittsburgh.

New Jersey news:

Three people were shot Tuesday at the funeral for another shooting victim in Trenton, NJ, according to reports from NJ.com, trentonian.com, NBC10, Fox29 and Philly.com.

Two men were injured in a shooting Monday night in Atlantic City, NJ, according to pressofatlanticcity.com. NJ.com also reported that a detective and a suspect were wounded in a shootout outside of a Walmart in Garfield, Bergen County.

National headlines:

Police said two people were dead, including a teenager, after an Easter Sunday gunfight gun in Florida, according to wtsp.com, adding that two others were injured in the crossfire and hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Four people were shot, one fatally, in Mankato, Minnesota, according to minnesota.cbslocal.com.

Children have been shot in Iowa, Missouri and Tennessee. About 20 children per day in the United States are injured by firearms seriously enough to require hospitalization, and more than 6% of these children die from their injuries, according to a Yale School of Medicine study cited by medicalxpress.com.

ProPublica is reporting in a doctor in California who has donated more than $1.1 million of his own money to keep his research going since Congress pressured the CDC to stop funding research on gun violence.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

Philadelphia shooting victim report: March 2014

At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we tracked 62 shooting victims in Philadelphia during March, based on original reporting, media reports, police officials and other sources.

At least 12 people died on the same day they were wounded and 17 more were initially reported in critical condition. One triple shooting and six double shootings were reported.

The average age of victims we could identify was 29 years old. Three female victims were reported, including a 14-year-old girl who suffered a graze wound.


Six separate days passed without a single gunshot victim. Our totals exclude self-inflicted shooting and reports of found bodies where the cause of death was not immediately clear.

Two police involved shootings were reported, one of which involved an off-duty officer. Another off-duty police officer was wounded in a shooting outside his home.

The shooting victim count for March matches the previous month’s total, although February was three days shorter. As we previously reported, gunshot victim totals had been trending downward for several months.

According to the latest data from PhillyPolice.com, 70 homicides have been reported so far during 2014 in Philadelphia, down slightly from this time last year and down 33 percent from the 2012 year-to-date total.

At top of page: Investigators gather at the crime scene after one man was wounded by police gunfire and another was captured, after third man was wounded in shooting last month in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

#GunCrisis: Philadelphia, regional and national updates

Breaking Monday:

The Philadelphia Inquirer posted this photo on Twitter, after a Montgomery County, Pa., press conference where authorities said Monday that they recovered these weapons during a suburban drug ring bust. The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Morning Call, CBs3, 6ABC, NBC10 and Fox29 have reports.

Philadelphia incidents:

A man was found shot to death inside a van Sunday morning on North 18th Street near West Ontario Street in the Tioga section of Philadelphia. 6ABC reported that neighbors reported hearing gunshots around 2 a.m.

Police say the unidentified man, who appeared to be in his early 30′s, had been shot once in the head, according to CBS3NBC1o reported that at least six bullet holes were found in the van’s windshield.

Police rushed a 28-year-old man to Temple University Hospital after he suffered a wrist wound in a shooting just before 7:30 p.m. Sunday on North 34th Street near West Clearfield Street in North Philadelphia.

Three men were shot in separate incidents Friday night and early Saturday in Philadelphia, as we previously reported.

A large amount of money was taken during the robbery of a Target store Saturday night in Northeast Philadelphia, according to reports from CBS3 and the Philadelphia Daily News.

Philadelphia Police have released a surveillance video, asking for help from the public to identify the suspect wanted for the recent robbery of a 20-year-old woman in Wynnefield Heights.

New Jersey news:

Police have identified a 29-year-old man who was slain in his apartment in Gloucester Township, NJ, early Sunday as Kareem Coleman, according to courierpostonline.com. CBS3, NBC10 and the Associated Press also had reports.

A 31-year-old Trenton man was shot four times with a .40-caliber handgun early Sunday in Trenton, NJ, according to NJ.com, which previously reported that detectives in Trenton were already investigating three shootings on Friday and Saturday that left one person dead and three others wounded.

Police in Pleasantville, NJ, were investigating a shooting incident that may have sent one man to the hospital, according to pressofatlanticcity.com.

Pennsylvania headlines:

Officials said that a suspect with a gun in his hand was killed by police early Monday in western Pennsylvania, according to the Associated Press. Another AP report indicated that jury selection was scheduled to start Monday for the trial of a northwestern Pennsylvania woman charged in the shooting death of her boyfriend last summer.

In Chicago:

Six children were shot Sunday night in Chicago, capping a violent weekend which left at least nine people dead and at least 36 wounded since Friday, according to The Chicago Tribune, which also reported that four men and two women were shot early Sunday morning at an Easter party at a house in west suburban Montgomery, Illinois.

U.S. weekend headlines:

Alabama: Highway Patrol officer shot Saturday evening
Arkansas: Three shot in home on Easter morning
Florida: Three hospitalized after apartment shooting
Minnesota: Shooting leaves one dead, three wounded, three arrested
Missouri: Boy, 4, wounds brother, 3, in accidental shooting
Missouri: Man charged in highway shootings
Texas: Shooter wounds three-year-old
Texas: Officer shot, suspect captured after chase
Washington, DC: Three men shot Sunday in Southeast D.C.


The Baltimore Sun and Chicago Sun-Times have reports on a news release from SST, Inc., the maker of ShotSpotter, indicating that gunfire in some American cities is vastly underreported, among other findings.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

#GunCrisis: Philadelphia Week in Review

Newtown Avenue Fatal Double Shooting

Above: Police investigate the scene after finding two shooting victims Thursday evening in the Crescentville section of Philadelphia.

Photo at top of page: Police gather at the scene of a fatal shooting early Tuesday outside the Copabanana in West Philadelphia.

Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

Weekend begins with three new Philadelphia shooting victims

Slide show above: Police gather ballistic evidence at the scene of a shooting Friday night in Frankford. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Separate shooting incidents in Frankford, Kensington and South Philadelphia wounded three men Friday night.

Police rushed a 32-year-old man to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition with neck and back wounds after a shooting incident reported just after 9:30 p.m. Friday on Lesher Street, near Bridge Street and Frankford Avenue in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. According to police, officers found the victim as they responded to 911 calls reporting gunfire on the block just after 9:30 p.m.

Lesher Street Shooting

An American flag hangs over the Lesher Street crime scene Friday night. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Investigators found at least 38 pieces of ballistic evidence indicating that multiple .40 caliber weapons were involved — and several houses were also struck by gunfire — but no motive or suspect descriptions were released.

The weekend’s first victim was wounded just after 8 p.m. at Point Breeze Avenue and Mifflin Street in South Philadelphia. Police rushed the wounded 19-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was reported to be in stable condition. Police said he was struck in the hip and left foot, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Just after midnight, a 38-year-old man was shot in the arm on Reach Street, near East Clearfield and G Streets in Kensington. Police rushed him to Temple, where he was listed as stable.

Local updates:

The Philadelphia Daily News has an update on the investigation following Thursday’s armored truck robbery in Mayfair. The Philadelphia Inquirer followed up on the double shooting in Crescentville.

The Philadelphia Police Department released a surveillance video seeking the suspects who shot a 19-year-old man Thursday morning in Kensington:

As we previously reported, two men were shot in close proximity in separate Kensington incidents Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

New Jersey news:

Four men exchanged gunfire with police before they were taken into custody Friday in Elizabeth, NJ, according to an NJ.com report. NJ.com also reported that a Kean University student was stable at a Newark hospital after being shot at an off-campus fraternity house early Friday.

Children shot:

A 12-year-old boy was among eight people shot Thursday and early Friday in Chicago, according to chicagotribune.com. A 19-month-old child was shot during a robbery earlier this week in Flint, Mi., according to minbcnews.com.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

Two men bound, shot and left on secluded street

Slide show above: Police investigate, news crews report and children peek at the scene of a double shooting in Crescentville. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police collected evidence the scene after finding two gunshot victims Thursday evening in the Crescentville section of Philadelphia. According to officials, police were called to the area Newtown Avenue between Adams Avenue and Godfrey Avenue at about 5:45 p.m.

Medics pronounced one man dead at the scene. A police source identified that victim as Carl Johnson, 29, accordion to the Philadelphia Daily News.

The second victim was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center, according to 6ABC. Fox29 reported that he was listed in critical but stable condition.

Police said both men were duct-taped, according to CBS3, the Associated Press reported that both were shot multiple times, and The Philadelphia Inquirer added that at least six shell casings were found at the location. Police are looking for a van, although they haven’t released a description, according to NBC10.

Shooting victims in Kingsessing:

Two men were shot in separate incidents reported Thursday afternoon and evening in the Kingsessing section of Southwest Philadelphia. Police rushed a 20-year-old man the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was listed in stable condition after he was shot in the leg at about 4:30 p.m. on South 56th Street near Thomas Avenue. Shortly before 10 p.m., police rushed a 46-year-old man to HUP, where he was also reported stable with a leg wound.

As we previoulsy reported, two men were shot in even closer proximity in separate incidents which took place Wednesday evening and Thursday morning in the Kensington section of the city.

Campus alert:

Temple University alerted their community to a gunpoint robbery close to the edge of the main campus in North Philadelphia late Thursday night, urging anyone with information to call police and for students in the area to be cautious. Last week, a mother and son were visiting the university when a stray bullet shattered their car window, as we previously reported.


A new long-term study focusing mostly on young people in Philadelphia correlates hopelessness with the likelihood of committing criminal offenses, as reported by the Philadelphia Daily News.


Heeding God’s Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence, will hold their annual Good Friday service today at 4 p.m. at Sister Muhummad/Durham Park, at 47th Street and Wyalusing Avenue, at 4 p.m. Get the event info on Facebook, and check our report from last year’s vigil.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

Philadelphia updates: Four new shooting victims and an armored car robbery reported

Slide show above: Children watch as police investigate the scene of a shooting Wednesday evening in Kensington. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Four men have suffered gunshot wounds in separate new incidents reported in Philadelphia between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. No injuries were reported when two men robbed an armored truck early Thursday.

Kensington shootings:

A 21-year-old man was listed in critical condition after he was shot Wednesday evening at the corner of Rosehill and East Somerset Streets in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. According to police, the victim suffered at least eight gunshot wounds in the torso and arrived at the Episcopal Campus of Temple University Hospital in a personal car before he transported by medics to Temple University Hospital’s main facility.

Rosehill Street Shooting
Detectives gather evidence at the Rosehill Street shooting scene Wednesday evening. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police located eight fired shell casings at the scene. The Philadelphia Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer and CBS3 had reports.

Update: A 29-year-old man was listed in stable condition at Temple’s Episcopal Campus after he was shot Thursday morning, shortly after 10 a.m. on East Somerset Street near A Street in Kensington, just a couple of blocks from the incident on Rosehill Street. The new victim suffered a hand wound and a grazing head wound.

Armored truck holdup:

Police were seeking two men, one of which had an automatic weapon, in connection with an armored truck robbery shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday on Frankford Avenue near Unruh Avenue in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia. CBS3, 6ABC, NBC10, Fox29 and The Philadelphia Inquirer had early reports.

Local updates:

Earlier Wednesday, medics rushed a 20-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was listed in stable condition with a leg wound, following an incident shortly after noon on North Paxon Street, near 52nd and Market Street in West Philadelphia. A 17-year-old was stable at HUP after he suffered several leg wounds in a shooting at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at 65th Street and Paschall Avenue in the Elmwood section of Southwest Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Police are now seeking the mother of an 11-year-old girl who was killed in a recent accidental shooting, inside her home in the Mantua section of the city, accruing to reports from CBS3, NBC10, Fox29, the Philadelphia Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly.com.

Update: 6ABC now reports that Tiffany Goldwire has turned herself in to police.

Mayor Nutter announced Wednesday that Philadelphia will join Everytown for Gun Safety, according to CBS3. The movement works to end gun violence and build safer communities.

The Philadelphia Police Department has released a new surveillance video, this time seeking to identify the suspect who robbed a Wawa store Tuesday in Oxford Circle:

Regional news:

A military veteran and former police officer was shot in the face by stray bullet Monday in Chester, Pa., according to a report from the Philadelphia Daily News.

Police are looking for two suspects who fired several shots into a Coatesville, Chester County home last last month, according to reports rom 6ABC and Fox29.

In central Pennsylvania, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will be closed today for mock ‘active shooter’ training exercise, according to PennLive.com.

Authorities said a Pennsylvania man was arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport after he tried to pass through security with a loaded handgun and a pair of brass knuckles, according to an Associated Press report, via Fox29.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.