Skip to comments.Video released in purse-snatch slaying of Amber Long
Posted on 01/24/2014 7:02:11 AM PST by Phillyred
Police on Thursday released surveillance video of the events Sunday night leading up to the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Amber Long. Long was walking with her mother on the 900 block of North Front Street in Northern Liberties when, shortly after 10:30 p.m., two unknown men approached and tried to grab both womens purses. One of the men fired a shot, striking Amber in the chest. She died at Hahnemann University Hospital. The suspects were last seen fleeing north on Front Street in a newer model, possibly four-door Chevrolet Impala. That vehicle was caught on camera and released to the public, along with portions of the purse-snatching.
(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...
Mace? Against a gun? Nah, have a gun ready to use when venturing through “those” neighborhoods, no matter what color you are.
I know first-hand of it saving a family member from a gun. You mace as soon as the guy comes towards you. It is better than nothing!
I suspect bAmish.
Let these areas feed on their own (and the DemonRat teat).
Ask George Zimmerman about using a gun to defend yourself from these hoodie-lums.
The city of Brotherly Shove.
My heart goes out to the mother and family. A terrible loss. If I ever see two hooded blacks coming at me and separating I’m pulling well in advance. Then we’ll see who going to be ending up dead on the pavement.
I am willing to bet the Mom (she was mugged also) knows this info but it always seems like its absent from any news reporting.
It happens a lot. Almost like the info is not reported on purpose.
I am in no way blaming the victim but I would not be walking around like that at 10:30 at night. The report said they were going to get Amber’s car. I didn’t hear any other details. Curious as to why her car was there and why her mother was with her. Need more details.
Agreed. That did not look like the kind of place I'd be walking after dark.
You could safely put it a little stronger than that, maybe even more than a little.
Sons of soetoro....
Hope they catch the scum.
Yes, but bringing a gun to a gunfight makes much more sense.
If you plan, prepare for the worse and CC.
Orwell's prophetic abilities astonish me...
Minitrue is large and in charge!
Philadelphia is a toilet. 60 years of LIBERAL DEMOCRAT rule has made it that way. I live 25 miles from Center City Philthadelphia and avoid going there at all costs.
North Philadelphia is an open drug market. Folks from all over the east coast drive there for Heroin. The DEMOCRAT Mayor and DEMOCRAT City officials do next to nothing to shut it down.
Visit Philadelphia? Don’t bother.
*** If I ever see two hooded blacks coming at me and separating Im pulling well in advance.***
This caused problems quite a few years back when a citizen thwarted a robbery by pulling a gun. The robbers took off, stopped the first policeman they found, pointed at the citizen and said...”HE’S GOT A GUN!”
The cop then went after the citizen while the robbers escaped.
But, but... City Council has been so supportive of making Philly a gay-friendly destination, and of ridding the town of those bigoted Boy Scouts and pesky small businesses and people who think gambling casinos are a public nuisance...
Note how the women were walking "staggered" in the middle of the sidewalk (probably wary and defensive). The killers approached them "staggered" and then fanned out to bracket them and hit them simultaneously. The surprise and timing were nearly perfect. They hade done this before.
Once the killers were on them and the women took no defensive maneuvering or action to evade the attack, they were helpless. Without situational awareness and a firearm, they were nothing but prey.
You are so right. Many people will hesitate to use a drawn gun. And some of those folks don't even know that they will hesitate. I read that something like 30% of combat infantrymen during WW2 had that "condition". Their moral code conflicted with their duty to fire.
Now add to that the problem of hitting an innocent bystander, or hitting an innocent person that you misidentified as a threat.
There are cases where only a gun will do. But as you said, mace is better than nothing. Much better.
They never report race any more. It is an executive decision from the top no doubt. I get infuriated when an email goes out regarding a crime that happened nearby my work. They tell you to be very careful and then proceed to give you no race description of the perps! Just look out for all males.
True, up to a point. But in this case mace would have likely been ineffective as the killer was holding onto a gun in his hoodie pocket, one doesn't want to bring mace to a gun fight, and the ability to employ mace effectively was very fleeting and limited in this lightning attack (which is how they all end up if it gets past the "flee" point). One must always assume the mugger is armed with a deadly weapon. This one was and he was willing to use it even though he didn't initially display. Muggers usually are armed even if it is "only" with a (legal) screwdriver.
In this case, the best alternative was not walking out on a potentially dangerous street at 10:30 PM.
But they were.
So the alternative was seeing this attack coming (two thugs in hoodies approaching on a deserted street) and taking coordinated moves (whatever it took) to avoid them. That is tough without either discarding political correctness ("offending" somebody by rapidly moving away from the possible line of attack) and both victims taking coordinated action (tough without prior planning) to avoid the robbers. That would have meant (at a minimum) quickly moving between the cars and around them or heading quickly across the street. If the robbers followed, that was the time to employ the gun - if they had one, which they didn't.
These women were screwed as soon as they let these killers too close.
Boy Scouts BAD. Open Drug Dealing every day OH WELL.
Lived in that neighborhood in the early 90. Used to put my garbage out with a Security Six in my waistband. It’s been an “improving” neighborhood for almost forty years. There’s endless scum to the north and west and an elevated line that feeds in even more. Many of the residents are utterly clueless Rainbows and Unicorns types. I liked them. I just shut my mouth about my artillery and the fact that I knew they were targets.
Most of Philly is utterly clueless Rainbows and Unicorns. Their fear of thinking themselves judgmental (many years of brainwashing) by walking across the street, trumped their fear of the criminals approaching.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.