For reporting a burglary at his own home on Monday, a Darby man was shot in the back that night by his gang-member neighbors, police said.
Now, the residents of 3rd Street, which the 3rd Street Boys gang frequents, are speaking out. Within hours of the shooting, police identified the two men believed to be responsible.
"The good people on that street are getting tired," Darby Police Chief Robert Smythe said. "People are starting to say, 'To hell with this!' "
About 10:30 p.m., a 32-year-old man and his fiancee were entering their 3rd Street home when two men opened fire on them, hitting the man in the back.
He was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was treated and released, Smythe said. His fiancee was unharmed.
Police believe the couple was shot in retaliation for reporting the earlier burglary to police. One of them was at home at the time and was able to identify a suspect, who is believed to be a member of the 3rd Street Boys, Smythe said.
The suspect was arrested, and later on Monday, other members of the gang threatened the couple at their home, police said.
"At one point, one guy had shells in his hand and said, 'This is for you, later on,' " Smythe said.
Police said the threats came true when Andre Roberts, 21, and Stefan Fenwick, 20, known 3rd Street Boys who live across the street from the victims, fired at the them.
Roberts and Fenwick fled and are now wanted for attempted murder, aggravated assault, drug and gun charges, and related offenses.
The drug and gun violations stem from a search of Roberts and Fenwick's house, Smythe said. Inside, police said, they found drugs, drug-packaging material, cash and two guns.
Smythe said he has placed extra patrols in the area.
"If they start tonight, we're going to finish it," he said.