Posted on 08 October 2013 by WestPhillyLocal.com
As 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.
Posted on 07 October 2013 by WestPhillyLocal.com
Police are investigating a multiple shooting that left one dead and several wounded at the intersection of 54th Street and Florence Avenue. Six young men, from 18 to 23 years old, were shot on Sunday, around 7 p.m. One person was killed and one critically injured, 6ABC reports. Four other victims are in stable condition. Police say that the young man who was killed lived on Florence Avenue, just a few blocks away from the scene of the shooting. He was shot multiple times in the back and chest, according to ABC. There were about 50 shell casings found at the scene.
Police said that it doesn’t appear to be a drive-by shooting, but a car was apparently involved. No other details are available at this time as the investigation continues.
Posted on 31 August 2013 by Editor
Three people were shot outside of The Watusi bar at 46th and Walnut early Saturday morning.
NBCPhiladelphia is reporting that two women and a man were shot during an argument that began inside the bar at about 1 a.m. Two women, ages 21 and 24, were grazed by bullets. A 24-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot in the abdomen. A neighbor who lives near the lounge, which has seen gun violence in the past, said that a total of six shots were fired.
“This is the second time this has happened in the past six months,” the neighbor, who asked not to be named, said. “I can’t believe that somewhere where people are bringing concealed loaded weapons is allowed to stay open and face no scrutiny.”
Shots were fired at about the same time on April 26. No one was injured in that incident.
Neighbors have complained about noise and violence at Watusi Lounge and Watusi II at 45th and Locust in the past. The Watusi II was the subject of a community meeting last week to address the dozens of community complaints. The University City Review reported that piles of evidence were presented about everything from drug use at the bar to it serving patrons well after the 2 a.m. closing time.
Despite the complaints and tens of thousands of dollars in back taxes, owner Noel Karasanyi has been able to keep both establishments open.
Posted on 22 August 2013 by admin
UPDATE (Fri, Aug 23, 3:50 p.m.): Police said that one person shot and wounded three people last night in Kingsessing, near S. Saint Bernard and Greenway. All three victims are in critical but stable condition. All three are young men, in their early 20′s. The shooting was a result of a fight over a comment made to a woman, according to police. The shooting was in retaliation for the comment and was not drug-related as it was reported earlier. The investigation continues.
Earlier: At least two men were shot Thursday night in the Kingsessing area, police confirmed. West Philly Local readers reported gunfire near S. Saint Bernard and Greenway shortly after 7 p.m. Both men are reportedly wounded. A police source said that the shootings may have been drug-related.
Posted on 20 August 2013 by admin
We received emails from readers asking about the shooting/robbery that happened on Sunday, Aug 18, shortly before 4 p.m. near 46th and Springfield. The victim, a male, was shot in the shoulder during a robbery and was taken to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition, but is doing better now. The suspect fled the scene on foot, according to police reports.
The robbery was not random and the victim and the shooter may know each other, according to police. “There is not a maniacal serial robber out there robbing and shooting random people,” Joe Murray of the Southwest Police Detectives said in an email. No more details are available at this time as the investigation continues.
Posted on 13 August 2013 by Editor
UPDATE (8/14/13): Police said that they are still in the early stages of the investigation and couldn’t provide more details on the shootings. We also learned that a 19-year-old male was shot and killed on the same block just last week, on Saturday, Aug 10.
Four men were shot near Kingsessing Park Tuesday night, around 10 p.m.
NBC10 is reporting that the men were shot along the 1100 block of Divinity Street, which connects the 5000 blocks of Springfield and Chester Avenues. All four men were hospitalized. One is in critical condition.
Neighbors reported that police helicopters were in the area searching for the suspect or suspects.