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Summerís beginning: 6 dead in one day (in Philadelphia)
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER ^ | Fri, Jun. 22, 2007 | Andrew Maykuth,Vernon Clark and Art Carey

Posted on 06/22/2007 8:09:53 PM PDT by new cruelty

On the first day of summer, two violent outbursts less than 15 hours apart and about two miles from each other left five people dead and a sixth person clinging to life. And before the night ended, another homicide was recorded, this time in Kingsessing.

Thursday's six slayings - three young men gunned down in North Philadelphia in the early hours; two people killed, one critically wounded, in Kensington in the afternoon; and an unidentified man shot to death about 10:30 p.m. in Southwest Philadelphia's Kingsessing neighborhood - pushed the year's homicide total to 195, compared with 177 at the same time last year, police said.

Few details were available in the Kingsessing shooting, other than that the victim was found near 54th Street and Willows Avenue. He had been shot in the chest.

In Kensington, police said gunfire erupted at Somerset and Emerald Streets about 5:10 p.m., leaving a man and woman dead and another woman in critical condition.

Police said Raheem Haines, 20, was declared dead at the scene. Two sisters were taken to Temple University Hospital, where one, Diana Patrick, 30, was pronounced dead. The surviving sister's name was not released because she was a witness. She was in critical condition.

Initial reports indicated that police were looking for two men who drove off in a vehicle. They were later arrested away from the scene, and were being interviewed late Thursday night at Police Headquarters. A homicide investigator said they would likely be charged overnight.

At the scene, a detective said the shootings apparently resulted from an argument, but it was unclear over what.

The slayings occurred in a neighborhood of tattered rowhouses that one resident described as "a melting pot - black, white, Hispanic, all kinds." Alleys are littered with tires. Vacant lots sprout waist-high weeds. The yards of supply houses and body shops are protected by chain-link fences topped with concertina wire.

Hours after the shooting, detectives were still working the neighborhood, and about a dozen markers near Haines' body indicated where the spent cartridges had fallen during the fusillade.

Dozens of neighbors gathered behind the yellow crime-scene tape that cordoned off the intersection.

"Didn't see nuthin'," one middle-aged man said gruffly in reply to a reporter's question. "You know how it goes down here."

When it came time to remove the body, the police surrounded it with vehicles, and two members of the crime scene unit held up a sheet to block the view of spectators.

"That's . . . ignorant," a woman complained.

"No, it's respect or something," said a man next to her. Another man saw the corpse as an object lesson, a warning.

"Get the . . . out of Philadelphia," he remarked to a bystander. "It will . . . grab y'all."

Less than 15 hours earlier in the Ludlow section of North Philadelphia, three young men were killed in a burst of gunfire in the 1600 block of North Sixth Street.

Police said they had no suspects and no witnesses in the triple slaying, which occurred about 2:30 a.m.

The three men were approached on foot by "either an individual or several individuals," said Homicide Sgt. William Gallagher. About a dozen spent casings were left on the pavement on the tree-lined block, along with the three bodies.

The victims apparently were not armed or did not return fire, police said.

One of the victims, Bruce Burman, 23, lived on the block. The other two were identified as a cousin of Burman's, Bobby Lundy, 25, of the 6400 block of North Broad Street, and Sean White, 19, of the 1400 block of North Marshall Street.

Police said the three victims had "been through the system" before - including narcotics arrests. Although two of the men had survived previous shootings, neighbors and relatives insisted that they were not thugs.

"They were not dummies, and they had families that loved and supported them," said Marcia Green, who described herself as Burman's godmother and Lundy's cousin. She was aroused from sleep by the gunfire and rushed out to the street to find her relatives dead. "None of them had been involved in crime," she said.

According to family members, Burman was a graduate of Kensington High School, Lundy had a GED, and White was planning to attend Opportunities Industrial Center in the fall.

Lynette White, the mother of the youngest victim, said her son was shot in his left side three months ago, and he still ha a bullet lodged in his chest.

Lundy's relatives said he had survived a shooting last summer.

Scott P. Charles, trauma outreach coordinator at Temple University Hospital, said it was not unusual to see a gunshot victim who had been shot before. Often, gunshot victims return to the street intent on settling scores.

"We're patching them up, and they're sending us back a couple more, if they don't come back dead themselves," Charles said.

Protest marches and expressions of moral outrage had proven ineffective at curbing the culture of violence, he added.

"We might just be past the tipping point; shootings have become so normative that it becomes part of the neighborhood culture," he said. "I don't know how you fix that with a protest march."

Though the city's homicide total is growing at a pace to surpass last year's total of 406 homicides, the city is still behind the city's worst year for homicides, 1990, when 500 were recorded.

While the total number of homicide is still far shy of the record, the city's murder rate is getting perilously close to the high point. Philadelphia had a murder rate of 27.8 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2006, compared with 31.5 in 1990. The rate was 18.9 per 100,000 in 2002 when 288 murders were recorded.

Thursday's slayings followed a busy night with two homicides on Wednesday.

At 11:16 p.m. Wednesday, police found a man shot in the chest, arm and groin in the 400 block of North Sickels Street. He was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and remained unidentified.

A few hours earlier, police said Theophilius Mason, 46, was gunned down near his home in the 200 block of North Paxon Street. Shot in the chest, back and arm, Mason was pronounced dead at 5:36 p.m. at the same hospital.


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I just overheard an update on nbc10, "13 dead in one week".
1 posted on 06/22/2007 8:09:56 PM PDT by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

Let me guess- Eagles fans?


2 posted on 06/22/2007 8:10:43 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (THOMPSON NEEDS TO CLARIFY HIS POSITION ON THE SPP BEFORE I SUPPORT HIM.)
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To: new cruelty

Quagmire!


3 posted on 06/22/2007 8:11:10 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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Funny you say that. nbc10 lead the story with camera shots of various people (mostly children I think) crying that the war isn’t in Iraq, it’s here in Philadelphia.


4 posted on 06/22/2007 8:12:31 PM PDT by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

Six dead in one day? We need to abandon the plan and pull out.

(Psst, you RAT cut-and-runners, it is safer in Ramadi than Philadelphia.)


5 posted on 06/22/2007 8:15:49 PM PDT by Jemian (PAM of JT ~~ "There is no honor for the man who runs from battle." Spc. Josh Lott)
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“Let me guess — Eagles fans?”

Hardly, mate. But one heartening note to traditional Philadelphia inner-city mayhem:

Ever fewer Democrats to sully the process —downstream !

Always a bright aspect to everything ! **S**

6 posted on 06/22/2007 8:16:21 PM PDT by dk/coro
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To: Jemian

Ahmadinejad must be sneaking terrorist into philly.


7 posted on 06/22/2007 8:17:18 PM PDT by new cruelty
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I grew up 30 miles south of Philly. The situation in Philly is absolutely ridiculous. Mayor Street’s administration is apparently a joke. My sister works in and around the city, and I hope she doesn’t get caught in the crime wave there.


8 posted on 06/22/2007 8:17:47 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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I grew up 30 miles south of Philly. The situation in Philly is absolutely ridiculous. Mayor Street’s administration is apparently a joke. My sister works in and around the city, and I hope she doesn’t get caught in the crime wave there.


9 posted on 06/22/2007 8:17:47 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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I grew up 30 miles south of Philly. The situation in Philly is absolutely ridiculous. Mayor Street’s administration is apparently a joke. My sister works in and around the city, and I hope she doesn’t get caught in the crime wave there.


10 posted on 06/22/2007 8:17:54 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: new cruelty

Sorry about the triple post.


11 posted on 06/22/2007 8:18:23 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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In the seventies, I was living in Des Moines and dating a guy from Philadelphia (out in the sticks to go to medical school). While there, a murder of four people took place in Des Moines. Since it was such a rare event it was all the news for days. My boyfriend was incredulous that we would make such a fuss about a few murders. I guess this is nothing new for Philadelphia
12 posted on 06/22/2007 8:18:56 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: Pyro7480

I work at Temple. Seems safe enough, though I recall last year a shooting occurred just a block off campus.


13 posted on 06/22/2007 8:19:11 PM PDT by new cruelty
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To: Pyro7480

eh.... come again?


14 posted on 06/22/2007 8:19:22 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (THOMPSON NEEDS TO CLARIFY HIS POSITION ON THE SPP BEFORE I SUPPORT HIM.)
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To: new cruelty

Global Warming...:)


15 posted on 06/22/2007 8:22:56 PM PDT by silentknight
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Ever fewer Democrats to sully the process —downstream ! Always a bright aspect to everything ! **S**

A "bright aspect" to people being murdered?

Tell me that's not what you meant.

16 posted on 06/22/2007 8:24:28 PM PDT by Jorge
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I grew up 30 miles south of Philly. The situation in Philly is absolutely ridiculous. Mayor Street’s administration is apparently a joke. My sister works in and around the city, and I hope she doesn’t get caught in the crime wave there.

I grew up right outside Philly and had around 4 jobs in the city lasting several years.

I can tell you for a fact that center city is far safer these days then it was in the 70's.

17 posted on 06/22/2007 8:27:40 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: ovrtaxt

LOL!


18 posted on 06/22/2007 8:28:06 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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I can tell you for a fact that center city is far safer these days then it was in the 70's.

Well, that's good to hear. I was actually up there in February to see the King Tut exhibit at the Franklin Institute, and I felt quite safe as well, though it was probably too cold even for the criminals. ;-)

19 posted on 06/22/2007 8:29:37 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: new cruelty

Gee I wonder if CNN will run a daily talley for Philly like it does for Iraq. Hey CNN, Which was the deadliest month for Philly?


20 posted on 06/22/2007 8:31:56 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Impeach Hillary 08')
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