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Two men in critical condition after shooting at 48th and Kingsessing

May 3, 2011

Police are searching for three men involved in a shooting at 48th and Kingsessing last night that left two victims in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police say the shooting took place after a red coupe-style vehicle – possibly a Mustang or Toyota – approached two men standing on the northwest corner of 48th and Kingsessing at about 10:45 p.m. The driver exited the car and began arguing with the two men. Two passengers then emerged from the vehicle and opened fire, according to police.

One victim, a 25-year-old male, was shot multiple times in the lower back and was listed in critical condition at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). A second victim, an unidentified male, was shot three times in the lower abdomen and once in the leg. He is also listed in critical condition at HUP.

Police spokeswoman Christine O’Brien said the driver was a black male, mid 30s to early 40s, approximately 6-foot-1 and wearing a white t-shirt with a yellow triangle on the upper left. The other two suspects were described as black males, mid 20s, wearing black t-shirts with white t-shirts underneath and dark pants.

The vehicle fled westbound on Kingsessing following the shooting.

 

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Resident’s tip, undercover operation nab neighborhood package thief

April 26, 2011

street signWhen a handful of West Philly residents sat down for a chat with a local police officer at the Calvary Center recently, little did they know that their tip would lead to an undercover operation that caught an alleged neighborhood package thief red handed.

A resident who lives near 45th and Regent told Lt. Brian McBride during a routine monthly meeting last Thursday that he found a package addressed to his wife that they had never received at a local thrift store. The next day McBride deployed plainclothes officers to the area. They arrested a man near 43rd and Larchwood after observing him remove packages from two doorsteps.

McBride, who works out of the 18th Police District’s University City Division, would not comment on the details of the operation.

McBride meets with residents every third Thursday of the month at the Calvary Center.

The resident who originally reported finding a package at a thrift store stressed that it was not The Second Mile.

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Fatal shooting near 51st and Spruce Monday night (update)

April 26, 2011

Police are still searching for the person who shot a 25-year-old man  near the corner of 51st and Irving (see map below) Monday night. Police were called to the scene at about 9 p.m. to find Leon McMillan, 27, shot twice in the chest. He later died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. McMillan lived a block away onn the 5100 block of Locust

The fatal shooting is the second in two days in West Philadelphia. Eighteen-year-old Jarell Seay was shot on the front porch of his home on the 1300 block of N. 55th Street on Sunday. No arrests have been made in the shooting. The Philadelphia Inquirer published a story yesterday about Seay’s parents’ struggle with their son’s death.


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Discuss crime and neighborhood issues with police on Thursday

April 19, 2011

Community members are invited to discuss crime and neighborhood issue with Lt. Brian McBride from the University City section of the 18th Police District on Thursday.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the lower level of the Calvary Center at 48th and Baltimore.

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Keep an eye out for a white Crown Vic

April 4, 2011

Here’s a note from our friendly neighborhood Tweeting Detective Joseph Murray at TheFuzz9143:

Looking for a white Ford Crown Victoria lic# HTD-9259. Wanted in connection to a dozen pharmacy robberies. Heavy tinted windows. Thanks

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Teens plead guilty to West Philly High computer theft

March 10, 2011

The two high school students arrested last month for the theft of 60 laptops from West Philadelphia High School pleaded guilty today.

6ABC is reporting that Jonathon Carter and Dadisi Williams both entered guilty pleas and that sentencing is scheduled for later this month.

Carter, a student at West Philadelphia High School, and Dadisi, a University City High student, were charged on March 1 after police arrested them in a sting operation. Police received information soon after the Feb. 21 heist that computers that fit the description of those taken from West Philly High were for sale on Craigslist. Police posed as potential buyers and lured Carter to 52nd and Market Streets, where they took him into custody. A search of Carter’s home uncovered 28 more laptops. Further investigation led police to Dadisi.

 

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