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

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

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.

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Vigil illuminates lives lost as well as progress in Philadelphia

Slide show above: Service remembers Philadelphia homicide victims. Photographs by Melissa Kelly / Saint Joseph’s University.

Last week, the Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence at Saint Joseph’s University hosted their 8th annual vigil to honor Philadelphia’s homicide victims – in this case remembering the 247 people killed in 2013. Maria Kefalas, director of the center, pointed to the progress made since their first vigil, which called for 400 candles.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter remarked that the best way to end violence and poverty is to fund education, but also added that “nothing beats community engagement,” suggesting that citizens who become active in their neighborhoods can help change the mindset of a young person who might use a weapon to address a disagreement; to shoot and possibly kill another human being. Deputy Mayors Everett Gillison and Richard Negrin read the names of all 247 victims during the lighting ceremony.


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Updated: Woman and child among six latest Philadelphia shooting victims; one man is dead

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.

Copabanana shooting:

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 NBC10Fox29 reported that police have a 26-year-old man in custody and that they believe he is the shooter.

Copabanana HomicidePolice gather evidence at the fatal shooting scene outside the Copabanana in West Philadelphia early Tuesday. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

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, an independent student news organization covering the University of Pennsylvania.

Separate incidents:

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 6ABCCBS3 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.

As we previously reported, one man was shot to death Sunday night in Philadelphia, three shooting victims were reported Saturday, and five men were shot Friday night.

Philadelphia updates:

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.

Regional news:

Shooting victims have been reported Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Trenton, NJ. One man was critically wounded in a Wilmington, Delaware, shooting Monday.

National reports:

Five people were shot over the weekend in New Orleans, four people were wounded Monday in a shooting in Washington, and four people were shot in the span of 24 hours in St. Louis.

A kayaker was shot as he paddled past a party in Maryland over the weekend.

A seven-year-old girl was shot and killed at a birthday party in South Carolina, and children have been wounded in new shootings reported in New York, Florida and Virginia.

Seeking solutions:

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.

We will post video from Kennedy’s lecture when it is made available. Meanwhile, you can learn more about Kennedy and Focused Deterrence at

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Communities gathering to address gun violence in Philadelphia

Several community events have been scheduled around Philadelphia in the coming weeks, to remember the victims of violence and to find solutions.

Friday: Candle lighting for victims and survivors of violence

The Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy invites you to their annual candle lighting ceremony this Friday to mark National Victims’ Rights Week and to “remember and honor victims and survivors of violence, and to take a stand against crime in our communities.”

Meet at the First Unitarian Church at 2125 Chestnut Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 6:30. You can find more info on Facebook.

Tuesday: Vigil for homicide victims

The Richard Johnson Center at Saint Joseph’s University will be holding their eighth annual Vigil for Homicide Victims next Tuesday, April 8th at 7p.m., at the Chapel of St. Joseph, off of Cardinal Avenue. View the event flyer on Facebook.

Participants in the interdenominational service will light candles and read names to remember the 247 lives lost to violence in Philadelphia in 2013. Mayor Nutter is expected to attend.

The Gun Crisis Reporting Project partnered with the Richard Johnson Center and Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., for the #PhilaCrimeSummit in 2012.

April 18th: Good Friday Service

Heeding God’s Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence, will hold their annual Good Friday service, “a city-wide ecumenical service… to honor lives lost to violence” at Sister Muhummad/Durham Park, at 47th Street and Wyalusing Avenue, at 4 p.m. View the event flyer on Facebook.

Check our report from last year’s Good Friday Vigil with Heeding God’s Call.

Next month: The Cost of Violence National Conference in Philadelphia

Mothers in Charge, a community advocacy and support organization for families affected by violence, will host the second annual Cost of Violence National Conference from may 12th through 14th at the Philadelphia Downtown Sheraton, at 201 North 17th Street. Register now.

Video report: The 2013 Cost of Violence National Conference: Day One

Related reports:

Photo at top of page: Members of Heeding Gods Call participate in the 2013 Good Friday vigil to end gun violence, outside Benjamin Franklin High School in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

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#GunCrisis Monthly: March, 2014

The #GunCrisis Monthly: March, 2014 newsletter was distributed this morning. You can subscribe to get our free monthly newsletter in your email too. You can also subscribe to get everything we post.

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Off-Duty Officer Shot

Police gather at the scene after another officer was shot and wounded in an off-duty attack in Overbrook Park. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Major incidents:

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Defense Terrace Homicide

Young men look on at the scene of a fatal shooting in East Falls. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.


National news:

Photograph at top of page: Loved ones embrace at the scene of a fatal shooting in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia. For the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia introduces new Violence Prevention Initiative

8574_violence_prevention_booklet_cover_shrunk_med_0Violence is a public health epidemic in the U.S., with significant consequences for young people, according to the new Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), which reports that more than 40 percent of kids in the U.S. are exposed to some form of violence.

A small group of community, state and local leaders gathered Tuesday evening at CHOP’s Abramson Pediatric Research Center for an “Evening with the Experts,” introducing the new VPI program with a series of round-table discussions focused on reducing the toll violence takes on families and communities in Philadelphia and beyond.

Dozens of CHOP violence prevention experts, with participants from patient families and the Philadelphia School District, provided an in-depth look at CHOP’s approach to violence prevention.

The VPI initiative at CHOP is a new, hospital-wide effort to interrupt the cycle of violence, building on years of hospital and community partnership and research. Through the practice of trauma-informed care, recognizing that traumatic experiences affect how people respond, CHOP’s VPI hopes to become a national model for hospital-led youth violence prevention.

Experts led discussions on topics including:

  • Partnering with Schools for Bullying Prevention
  • Intervening for the Assault-injured Youth
  • Practicing Trauma-informed Care at CHOP, and…
  • Saving Lives: Guns, Research, and Policy

Poor physical, emotional and developmental health can result in long-term physiologic and brain changes, school failure, drug abuse and delinquency, and more violence.

The VPI model works to reduce the incidence and impact of violence and aggression on children and families in our community, to transform youth violence prevention research into action that shapes policy, engages community partners, and creates and refines methods of violence prevention and treatment interventions.

Learn more, sign up for updates and invitations to online talks, and offer your support: Violence Prevention Initiative

As we reported earlier this week, 95 shooting victims counted in Philadelphia last year were 17 years of age or younger, including five victims who were no more than ten years old, according to recently-released police data.

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