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Killadelphia Update: Nearly 100 Shots Fired in Rec Center Drive-By Shooting

Posted on | August 21, 2022 | Comments Off on Killadelphia Update: Nearly 100 Shots Fired in Rec Center Drive-By Shooting

Police in Philadelphia have charged Tahmir Pinckney, 24, Marlon Spurell, 22, and Azyear Sutton-Walker, 22, with “attempted murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault, firearm carried without a license, and other offenses” after a drive-by shooting at a recreation center that left five people wounded:

The three men were apprehended by police after crashing a 2018 White Dodge Durango at Haverford Avenue and Farson Street. Police on Wednesday said they are still looking for an additional three suspects that escaped.
The shooting happened on the 300 block of North 57th Street around 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Police say two people — a 16-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man — were shot in the head and are in critical condition.
The other three males — a 17-year-old, a 25-year-old, and a 22-year-old — were shot and are in stable condition.

Nearly 100 shots were fired in the incident and, while the Philadelphia Inquirer didn’t include mug shots of the suspects — it’s their “woke” policy — they did include this:

[Police Capt. John] Walker said investigators believe the shooting was related to an ongoing feud between groups of young men — with the shooters in the car on one side of the dispute, and the victims on the other. One of the victims shot Tuesday had also been shot several weeks ago, Walker said, and police were investigating any potential links between the two cases.
Walker said police found four guns at the scene of the shooting, and six in the crashed Durango — including two assault-style rifles, both of which were fired outside the rec center.
Walker said at least one of the guns recovered at 57th Street was legally owned by one of the shooting victims. Detectives were still investigating who might have possessed the other firearms found on the street.
At the time of the shooting, court records show, Spurell was free on bail in a drug case from April, when he was arrested at Philadelphia International Airport with a quantity of marijuana that prosecutors said indicated an intention to sell. A trial is scheduled for later this month.
Pinckney pleaded no contest to a drug charge in 2019 and was sentenced to a year of probation, court records show. . . .
As is the case in most shootings in Philadelphia, the accused gunmen and the victims in this week’s attack are young Black males, a fact that [shooting victim Collin] Lanham said causes him added grief.
Since 2015, more than 10,000 people have been shot in Philadelphia. Three out of four were Black males, and the median age for victims was 26, according to city crime data analyzed by The Inquirer.
More than 80% of homicide victims in Philadelphia are Black men, according to the data.
“It’s becoming normal, and it’s not something I think people should be normalizing,” said Lanham. “When you read about it you can brush it off. But when you actually see it go down, you can see there’s no unity in the Black community at all. We already have so many barriers to overcome, why tear each other down?”
To the shooters, he said: “Y’all had so much more life. You could have done so much more positive things with your life and your energy. You wasted it and it’s gone now. You don’t have a second chance to correct your wrongs.”

Like so much else in the “progressive” agenda, the soft-on-crime policies of Soros-backed District Attorney Larry Krasner are hurting the people whom Democrats imagine to be the beneficiaries. All this talk about “civil rights” and “social justice” won’t help you if you’re dead, and 346 people have already been murdered this year in Philadelphia, which is on pace to break the homicide record the city set last year.



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