Slide show above: A crowd gathers as police investigate a fatal shooting early Tuesday outside the Copabanana in West Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.
Gun violence has left one man dead, and a woman, child and two more men wounded in Philadelphia since Monday morning, while recent reports from across the nation include clusters of shootings and more children wounded and killed.
In West Philadelphia, a 31-year-old man was fatally wounded in a shooting early Tuesday outside the Copabanana restaurant at 40th and Spruce Streets. Police rushed the victim to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Update: The Philadelphia Inquirer has identified the victim as Timothy Cary, 31.
According to police, the shooter fired at least ten shots at close range, striking the victim once in the head and several times in the chest. Police recovered a semiautomatic handgun nearby.
Police said that a fight between the victim and suspect began inside the Copabanana and spilled out onto the sidewalk where the shooting happened, according to NBC10. Fox29 reported that police have a 26-year-old man in custody and that they believe he is the shooter.
Police responded to the scene after a call from a University of Pennsylvania security guard who heard gunshots, according to 6ABC. Police said that teamwork between a security officer, Penn, and the Philadelphia Police helped bring the suspect into custody, according to a report from CBS3.
The Penn Buff Network has posted police radio traffic from the incident:
The Philadelphia Daily News reported that the slaying happened just off the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, but that officials said neither the victim nor suspect were affiliated with the school. There have been several shootings on campus over the past decade, according to a report from thedp.com, an independent student news organization covering the University of Pennsylvania.
Monday’s first victim was a 25-year-old woman who was shot in the face shortly after 8 a.m., on Rugby Street near East Washington Lane in the West Oak Lane section of the city. Investigators believe the gunfire may have resulted from a robbery attempt, according to CBS3. The Philadelphia Daily News reported Monday afternoon that the wounded woman was in critical but stable condition at Einstein Medical Center.
Police rushed an 11-year-old boy to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children after he was grazed by a gunshot Monday evening on North 9th Street near Huntingdon Street in the Hartranft section of North Philadelphia.
Police said he was hit by stray gunfire while leaving his grandmother’s house, according to 6ABC. CBS3 said the child’s family identified him as Sameed Jenkins, and NBC10 reported that investigators said he was in stable condition.
Last week, gunfire left an 11-year-old girl dead in West Philadelphia and another 11-year-old boy wounded in North Philadelphia.
Police are investigating whether the stray bullet was related to another shooting, reported nearby at about the same time, according to Fox29. That incident took place at Germantown and Lehigh Avenues, where police found a 33-year-old man who had been shot in the stomach. Offices rushed him to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
Finally, a 21-year-old man was reported in stable condition after he was shot at about 11:15 p.m. Monday in the area of Allegheny Avenue and C Street in the Kensington section of the city.
Police rushed a 34-year-old man to Einstein Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition after he was shot during a robbery at about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, on West Johnson Street near Greene Street in the West Mount Airy section of the city. According to a report from CBS3, investigators said the victim was robbed of $800 cash, a gold Rolex watch and a Versace belt.
The Philadelphia Police department published two more surveillance videos Tuesday, in search of robbery suspects following recent incidents in the Haddington section of West Philadelphia, and in Oxford Circle and Lawndale.
Police are now also seeking a group of men with guns after an armed home invasion robbery reported early Wednesday on Regent Street in Southwest Philadelphia.
A kayaker was shot as he paddled past a party in Maryland over the weekend.
Criminologist David Kennedy, architect of the Focused Deterrence program, spoke at Swarthmore College on Monday, proposing a Hippocratic Oath for criminal justice, calling for respect and support for communities, addressing the crisis of police legitimacy, and polices including honest communications, the least possible application of prosecution required to achieve necessary outcomes, and reduced rates of incarceration.
Posted by Jim MacMillan.