Man shot several times and killed outside Copabanana, 40th and Spruce

Posted on 15 April 2014 by Mike Lyons

crimeA 31-year-old man was shot and killed outside the Copabanana bar and restaurant at 40th and Spruce early Tuesday morning, according to police.

Police at the scene said that the shooter, who is in custody, fired at least 10 shots from a “large caliber semi-automatic handgun” to the victim’s torso and chest at about 1:30 a.m. Police said the shell casings from the weapon were found within inches of the victim’s body, indicating that he was shot at very close range.

The alleged shooter, a 26-year-old man from Southwest Philadelphia, was quickly apprehended by Penn police near 40th and Pine. Police found a weapon they believe is connected to the shooting near 40th and Pine. Police at the scene said several witnesses positively identified the 26-year-old as the shooter.

The victim was from 52nd and Locust, according to police.

Police say the shooting followed an argument that began inside the restaurant and moved outside onto the sidewalk. About 25 people were in the bar at the time of the shooting. No one else was injured.

Penn’s student paper The Daily Pennsylvanian has extensive coverage of the shooting here and was quickly on the scene with complete coverage here.

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Three men wounded in overnight shootings on 51st/Springfield, 54th/Pine

Posted on 31 March 2014 by

crimeThree men are in stable condition following two shootings in the area last night, according to various reports.

A 55-year-old man was shot in the leg shortly after 11 p.m. on Sunday, reported. The shooting took place near 54th and Pine streets when a bar fight between two men escalated, according to Joe Murray of Southwest Detectives. A male was taken into custody and the weapon was recovered by the police. The victim was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was listed in stable condition.

Two young men, ages 20 and 21, were shot at about 11:45 p.m. inside a home on Springfield Ave near 51st Street, according to reports. One man was shot in the back and the other in the leg. One of the victims was able to run outside and get help, NBC10 reports. Both men were listed in stable condition at HUP. The incident is still being investigated and unidentified local youths are sought in this shooting, according to a police source.

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Thursday crime: Man shot at 50th and Osage; suspect in theft from auto arrested

Posted on 21 March 2014 by

crimeThursday night was a busy night for police in West Philly, who responded to a report of a shooting near 50th and Osage and also apprehended a person in connection with a theft from a vehicle in the area. Here are the details.

A young man was shot twice in the leg at about 7:30 p.m. near 50th and Osage. The victim, a 23-year-old male, was walking on 50th Street heading toward Osage Avenue when he suddenly noticed he was being followed by three males, according to a police report. One of the males said to him “Yo, I got that weed”. When the victim turned around he noticed one of the males was armed with a black handgun. The victim then started to run when he heard multiple gunshots. As he was running he felt a pain in his right calf and noticed he was bleeding. He continued running until he noticed the police at 49th & Spruce Street. He was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania by fire rescue.

The suspects, described as young black males, two wearing all black clothing and the third wearing a sky blue hoody, ran South on 50th Street toward a grayish colored four-door Pontiac or Oldsmobile that was parked along the 400 block of S. 50th Street. The vehicle then fled North on 50th Street from Osage Avenue, according to police. A similarly described vehicle was involved in a robbery on March 12 on the 4600 block of Hazel Avenue.

West Philly Local readers reported that they heard at least eight gunshots last night. Police recovered nine 9mm fired cartridge casings and two bullet fragments at the scene.

Also on Thursday, at around 10:30 p.m.,18th District undercover police officers caught a man breaking into an unlocked car at 49th and Larchwood, arrested him and recovered the stolen belongings, according to a tweet by Joe Murray of Southwest Police Detectives.

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Young man shot at 53rd and Osage opening his door (updated)

Posted on 08 January 2014 by

A 21-year-old man was shot point-blank and gravely wounded early Wednesday morning after he answered a knock on his door, according to police. The shooting took place just before 1 a.m. on the 5300 block of Osage Avenue. The man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and it is unknown at this time if he is going to survive.

“He was shot at least two times — once in the head and once in the neck,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told NBC10.

Update (1:00 p.m.): Police said that it wasn’t a random shooting. There are no more details available at this point and there is no description of the suspect, who fled the scene after the shooting.

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South Philly man shot, abducted on 49th and Springfield

Posted on 09 December 2013 by WPL

A 38-year-old man was shot and abducted Sunday night near 49th and Springfield, according to various reports. Police say the man, a South Philadelphia resident, was driving in the area last night (around 10 p.m., according to a neighbor report), when a group of men traveling in a white van marked “Soft Touch Cleaning Service” opened fire on him.

The man’s car crashed into a utility pole. The men allegedly jumped out of the van, bound the victim with duct tape and drove him to Northeast Philadelphia where he was shot again and robbed, ABC6 is reporting. The man was found around 11:30 p.m. lying in the street on the 7500 block of Summerdale Ave in Northeast Philly, according to He was transported to the hospital and is listed in very critical condition with three gunshot wounds.

The man was robbed of $3,800 during the attack and initially told the police that he was attacked after leaving SugarHouse Casino. However, police now say that the man wasn’t at the casino before the attack. A police source said that the attack may be drug related. The investigation continues.

Some neighbors reported hearing two rounds of gunshots last night at 10 p.m. near 49th and Springfield and police presence. According to a neighbor report, Springfield Avenue was closed this morning between 50th and St. Bernard, with a black Cadillac driven into a telephone pole.

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Candlelight vigil tonight for Devin Hatch, a 23-year-old man shot and killed at 54th and Florence

Posted on 08 October 2013 by

ripdevAs we reported earlier, a 23-year-old man was shot multiple times and killed at the intersection of 54th Street and Florence Avenue on Sunday night. Police identified the man as Devin Hatch, who lived on the 5600 block of Florence Avenue. Five other men were wounded in the shooting, one critically. A crowd of people was outside Los Papi Deli & Grocery at 54th Street and Florence Avenue around 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, when a group of four to five gunmen walked up to the corner and opened fire, according to reports.

Devin’s friends and neighbors took to social media to express their grief (#ripdev). According to several tweets, a candlelight vigil for Devin will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the scene of the shooting at 54th and Florence.

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