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Police identify 3 Navy Yard victims
Philly.Com [PA] ^ | Tue, Feb. 13, 2007 | Eric Mencher, Vernon Clark, Marcia Gelbart and Peter Mucha

Posted on 02/13/2007 7:45:23 AM PST by brityank

Police identify 3 Navy Yard victims

No names yet on the gunman, who shot himself, or a victim who's in critical condition.

By Vernon Clark, Marcia Gelbart and Peter Mucha

Inquirer Staff Writers

At a Navy Yard news conference, Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross (center) said money played a role in the crime.

ERIC MENCHER / Inquirer

At a Navy Yard news conference, Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross (center) said money played a role in the crime.

Police have identified the three men who were fatally shot during a company board meeting last night inside a commercial building at the Navy Yard.

They are:

Mark Norris was Robert Norris was the

A fourth victim, whose name is being withheld, was still in critical condition this morning at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, police said.

The name of their alleged killer, whom police say shot himself to death during last night’s confrontation, is expected to be released later today. A news briefing is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Police said the shootings occurred about 8:30 p.m. during a meeting of the board of directors of a company called Watson International. The board was meeting at 5131 S. 11th St. in a structure known as Building 79, a former Navy procurement office that, like many of the warehouse-type buildings at the former Navy base and shipyard, is now home to private businesses.

At the scene last night, Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the gunman opened fire during a regularly scheduled meeting on the second floor. Police believe the gunman was a participant in the meeting, Ross said.

Police did not disclose the relationship between the shooter and the victims, but said the shootings happened after a dispute broke out during the meeting.

"It appeared that the shooter was upset over something that was going on inside the business," Ross said.

The cause "appeared to be something concerning money," Ross said.

A police source said there were six people in attendance, including the shooter. The gunman reportedly confronted the other board members with an allegation of fraud and then shot three of them dead, and a fourth possibly by accident.

One of the victims was shot seven times.

The police source said the gunman used an AK-47 assault rifle on the victims, then went outside and retrieved a .40-caliber pistol, which he later used in an exchange of fire with police.

He then took the two survivors into another room and bound them with duct tape, but otherwise left them alone.

The two survivors were being interviewed by homicide detectives last night. Ross said one had been so tightly bound that police had to cut him free.

The scene inside the conference room was "utter chaos," Ross said.

Police said they think Watson is an investment company.

When police arrived, they exchanged gunfire with the shooter inside the building as he stood about 100 yards away at an office door. He then went behind the door, and police were not sure if they had hit him, Ross said.

Officers at the scene called for SWAT support. At that point, someone from inside the building came from behind the shooter and told police that he was dead.

Police said the fatal wound was self-inflicted.

"This is a tragic situation," Ross said, "one that you always hope would not hit Philadelphia. Unfortunately, today it did."

The wounded man arrived at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital about 9 p.m. with multiple wounds.

A spokesperson said the man underwent surgery but remained in critical condition.

About 10:30, a woman leaped out of a police vehicle and was hustled into Jefferson's emergency-room entrance at 10th and Sansom Streets.

Building 79's primary occupant is Zigzag Net Inc., a Web site development company involved in advertising. It was unclear last night what the relationship was between Zigzag and Watson International, but officials indicated that they might have been business partners.

John Grady, senior of vice president of Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., which is in charge of leasing space at the Navy Yard, said Building 79 is a 10,000-square-foot, two-story building on the waterfront. About a year ago, Zigzag leased 5,000 square feet on the second floor.

The shootings occurred inside Zigzag's space.

Last night's shootings was the worst single incident since the Lex Street massacre of December 2000, when 10 people were gunned down inside a West Philadelphia crackhouse, seven of them fatally.


Contributing to this report were Inquirer staff writers Robert Moran, Michael Klein, Henry J. Holcomb and Daniel Rubin.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
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A better update of last night's breaking news.
1 posted on 02/13/2007 7:45:26 AM PST by brityank
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To: Tribune7



Ping.

A better update of last night's breaking news.



2 posted on 02/13/2007 7:46:47 AM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: brityank

We really need to give Philly to New Jersey or New York, and pull our police officers out of Philly, its just to dangerous....and a serge of more policemen won't work....

And prayers go to those who have lost loved ones in this mess and others before it.....


3 posted on 02/13/2007 7:49:29 AM PST by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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With our luck, they'd swap us Camden! ;^)


4 posted on 02/13/2007 7:52:43 AM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: brityank

I didn't think of that, but your right....hummmm back to the drawing board.....


5 posted on 02/13/2007 7:54:46 AM PST by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: brityank

Jersey Board member retirement?


6 posted on 02/13/2007 7:55:35 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (I don't have any reason to be cynical, but...)
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To: brityank
At a Navy Yard news conference, Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross (center) said money played a role in the crime.

What???????

It was the guns! They turned the shooter from an innocent bystander into a raging homicidal madman!

7 posted on 02/13/2007 7:57:08 AM PST by rightandproud
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Jersey Board member retirement?

Restructuring...

8 posted on 02/13/2007 7:58:50 AM PST by TLI (ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA, MMP AZ 2005, TxMMP El Paso Oct+April 2006 TxMMP Laredo - El Paso)
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To: brityank
"It appeared that the shooter was upset over something that was going on inside the business,""

Wonder which genius told Ross that?

9 posted on 02/13/2007 8:03:20 AM PST by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: brityank

In the small world department, I did some business with Mark Norris 20 years ago.


10 posted on 02/13/2007 8:31:08 AM PST by TyroneSlothrop
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To: brityank
http://www.watsoninternational.com/

http://www.zigzag.net/

11 posted on 02/13/2007 8:31:44 AM PST by FReepaholic (If daydreaming were an Olympic sport I'd be a gold medalist.)
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To: brityank

The anti gun nuts are going to go nuts over this.


12 posted on 02/13/2007 8:43:39 AM PST by Sword_Svalbardt (Sword Svalbardt)
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To: brityank
New headline...

"Mass killings on rise after Democrats take control."


13 posted on 02/13/2007 8:56:35 AM PST by Arcy
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To: brityank

wowm thanks for th eupdate. This story is different than I assumed.


14 posted on 02/13/2007 8:59:08 AM PST by RDTF (They should have put down Barbarella instead of Barbaro)
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To: RDTF

sorry - bad typos


15 posted on 02/13/2007 9:00:35 AM PST by RDTF (They should have put down Barbarella instead of Barbaro)
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To: HarleyLady27

you need another Rizzo type to take control of the city again.


16 posted on 02/13/2007 9:11:51 AM PST by Spaghetti Man (NJ politics suck)
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To: Arcy
"Mass killings on rise after Democrats take control."

Sooooo, you have noticed that the shootings are back and almost to the week after the election... it ain't just me. WEARD.

17 posted on 02/13/2007 9:12:31 AM PST by TLI (ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA, MMP AZ 2005, TxMMP El Paso Oct+April 2006 TxMMP Laredo - El Paso)
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To: brityank; Tribune7; HarleyLady27
A profile from 1994:

From Marines to business, Mark Norris was a big winner

This profile of Mark D. Norris was first published Nov. 14, 1994: ^

Young he is, idealistic he is not. At least not when it comes to business.

Mark D. Norris talks enthusiastically about his work for causes, from AIDS to urban ills, but when it comes to making a living as head of a creative enterprise, he is unabashedly practical.

Just what you'd expect from a former Marine Corps recruiter.

With a disciplined business attitude front and center, Norris has turned his companies - UDI, a graphic design and advertising firm, and Send Inc., which creates upscale greeting cards - into forces to be reckoned with.

And people are noticing. Norris, 34, can add the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year award to the attention he has been getting lately.

UDI and Send Inc. are seeing enviable growth: an anticipated 25 percent to 30 percent this year for UDI, a $2-million-a-year company he formed in 1987, and more than 100 percent for Send Inc., which is 2 1/2 years old and one-quarter the size of UDI.

At the same time, he has doubled his staff, which stands at 11 and works out of a former Catholic career center on Broad Street near Federal Street.

A talented, aggressive and young-thinking staff - average age 29 - is only part of what has made Norris' corporate duo dynamic. Hard work has played a major role.

Norris could have made it easier on himself by gearing his business toward the African American market, he says. He is African American, and that would have been the obvious thing to do. "The greater challenge," he says, "is to do work for the general market."

"I've chosen to, how shall I put this, I've chosen to compete in a very competitive arena, which is the general market arena. When I walk into a room, I'm not what's expected. I'm not white."

Big clients have given him ever greater visibility. UDI designed Philadelphia International Airport's new logo. Its client list includes McDonald's Corp., Cigna Corp. and Lincoln Center in New York. One of UDI's more visible efforts can be seen on SEPTA buses: a campaign for radio station Power 99 (WUSL-FM) with the slogan "Stop the Violence, Increase the Peace."

There are big names on the greeting-card side, too. Send Inc. is in Macy's and Nordstrom.

"Suddenly, I'm realizing we've gone from local to national," says Norris, who hails from upstate New York, attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and found Philadelphia when he was assigned here as a Marine recruiter.

- Julie Stoiber Sounds like a sharp guy, what a waste.


18 posted on 02/13/2007 9:14:40 AM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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Check #18


19 posted on 02/13/2007 9:16:13 AM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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Check #18



20 posted on 02/13/2007 9:17:02 AM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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thanks...this will be a Law and Order episode this year.


21 posted on 02/13/2007 9:22:35 AM PST by RDTF (They should have put down Barbarella instead of Barbaro)
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Police identify 3 Navy Yard victims

Gunman identified as Vincent Dortch, 44; believed he was defrauded

By Vernon Clark, Marcia Gelbart and Peter Mucha
Inquirer Staff Writers
Mark D. Norris, from a profile written in May 1995.

Police have identified the three men, including Mark D. Norris, left, and James M. Reif Jr., who were fatally shot during a company board meeting last night inside a commercial building at the Navy Yard.

ERIC MENCHER / Inquirer
At a Navy Yard news conference, Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross (center) said money played a role in the crime.

The gunman who killed three and then himself in a conference room at a Navy Yard office building last night believed he was the victim of a business fraud, police said.

Authorities said the killer, Vincent Dortch, 44, of Newark, Del., set up the meeting on the pretense of bringing in another investor in Watson Inc. but clearly intended to kill the company’s executives.

Police identified the three men who were fatally shot as:

  • Mark Norris, 46, of Piles Grove, N.J.; president and CEO of Zigzag Net, the building's primary occupant.
  • Robert Norris, 41, of Newark, Del., vice president of business development for Watson International, the company having the meeting.
  • James Reif, 42, of Endicott, N.Y. and a high school friend of Robert Norris

A fourth victim, identified as ZigZag employee Patrick Sweeney, was still in critical condition this morning at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, police said.

As soon as the meeting began around 8:30 p.m., Dortch, who had carried two bags to into the conference room, pulled out an AK-pistol - a shorter version of the AK-47 assault rifle — and told his intended victims they were responsible for stealing money from him, police said.

“He said something to the effect that you have a minute or two to say your prayers,” said Joseph Fox, the chief of detectives.

Dortch pulled out the phone lines, ordered one of the men in the room to duct tape the others and escorted two other investors out of the room, assuring them they would be okay.

He then returned to the conference room and opened fire, killing three men and wounding the fourth, police said.

He also shot the three executives in the head at close range after bringing one of the unharmed investors back into the room, Fox said.

Dortch took the two unharmed investors to his car and directed them to drive to New York state, where he planned to kill a fourth company executive who had been on the telephone via a conference call when the meeting began.

They somehow talked him out of it and Dortch took them back into the building and duct taped them to chairs in a back office.

The wounded man — Sweeney, a company employee from Maple Shade — in the meantime had spliced the wires of the phone together with his loosely bound hands and dialed 911 on the speaker phone.

Police rushed into the building and when Dortch confronted one officer he said, “don’t come any further” and fired once with a Glock .40-cal pistol.

The officer returned fire, apparently hitting Dortch through a door. Dortch then shot himself in the head.

Fox said the investigation had not yet determined if Dortch was right in believing he had been defrauded.

Dortch may have invested up to $200,000 in the firm, which owned a resort in upstate New York.

The three murder victims hailed from Endicott, N.Y., and teamed with other investors a little more than a year ago to buy a 200-year-old country club - formerly belonging to IBM Corp. - in their home town.

Walsh & Sons Construction Corp., of Vestal, N.Y., sold the country club building and about 10 surrounding acres to Watson International for $1.325 million, said Walsh & Sons owner Jim Walsh.

Walsh said he knew the three murder victims and a fourth investor, Vasantha Dammavalam, but said there were other investors from the Philadelphia region whom he had never met.

Robert Norris and James Reif were high school friends, Walsh said. He said Norris was a football star at Union Endicott School in Endicott, N.Y., which is near Binghamton.

Watson International's property was heavily damaged by a flood last June, but as far as Walsh knew, Watson International was in line to receive an insurance settlement to help pay for damages.

Patricia Norris, Robert Norris' wife, answered the phone this morning at her home in Newark, but said she was "not prepared to talk at this time." Police said one of the duct-taped victims had been so tightly bound that they had to cut him free.

The scene inside the conference room was "utter chaos," deputy police commissioner Ross said.

Officers at the scene last night called for SWAT support. At that point, someone from inside the building came from behind Dortch and told police that he was dead.

"This is a tragic situation," Deputy police commissioner Richard Ross said, "one that you always hope would not hit Philadelphia. Unfortunately, today it did."

Zigzag Net Inc., a Web site development company involved in advertising, is the primary tenat of Building 79, where the crime took place.

John Grady, senior of vice president of Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., which is in charge of leasing space at the Navy Yard, said Building 79 is a 10,000-square-foot, two-story building on the waterfront. About a year ago, Zigzag leased 5,000 square feet on the second floor.

Last night's multiple shooting was the worst single incident since the Lex Street massacre of December 2000, when 10 people were gunned down inside a West Philadelphia crackhouse, seven of them fatally.


Contributing to this report were Inquirer staff writers Harold Brubaker, Mark Fazlollah, Joseph Gambardello, Robert Moran, Michael Klein, Henry J. Holcomb and Daniel Rubin.

22 posted on 02/13/2007 12:26:59 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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New Update at #22.


23 posted on 02/13/2007 12:31:04 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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The new link is:

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/16685969.htm


24 posted on 02/13/2007 12:33:19 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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ping


25 posted on 02/13/2007 3:45:22 PM PST by Tribune7 (A bleeding heart does nothing but ruin the carpet.)
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