1MAN SHOT DEAD
IN SOUTHWEST PHILLY
A man in his late 20s was shot multiple times in his chest and shoulder on Yocum Street near 60th, in Southwest Philadelphia, about 12:15 p.m. yesterday, police said. The victim, whose identity was not released yesterday, was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead at 12:34 p.m., said Homicide Detective Jimmy Crone.
The suspect, who rode up to the victim on a bicycle, has not been arrested. Police described him as a black male in his early 20s, who was wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, according to Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman.
2SHOOTING OUTSIDE FELTONVILLE BAR
A 26-year-old man was shot in the head outside the Bottoms Up Bar, on Wyoming Avenue near 5th Street, in Feltonville, early Sunday, police said. The victim, whom police did not identify, was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was still listed in critical condition yesterday.
Det. Charles "Chuck" Perma said that no witnesses have come forward to give any possible motive for the shooting, which took place shortly before 2 a.m. "There were no witnesses, no motive" so far, Perma said. "It's unclear whether he had been in the bar earlier or had argued with anyone."
He said that detectives working the case haven't been able to talk with anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the shooting.
3GREEDY ROBBER'S LACK OF WITS GETS HIM CAUGHT
An unidentified man had trouble fleeing after he robbed a Rhawnhurst Wawa at knifepoint, police said.
Once the sticky-fingered suspect left the store with $2,200 in cash, he rushed to his unlocked van on Arthur Street near Castor Avenue, said Sgt. Tom Fleming, of Northeast Detectives. Unlucky for him, he couldn't find his keys and turned on the van light. When he saw police patrolling the block, he tried to bend down to hide, but the sharp-eyed cops soon spotted him.
The man, 34, whose identity was withheld by police, tried to escape but police ran after him and tased him. He was arrested and charged with robbery, theft and other crimes, Fleming said.
He had entered the store, on Castor Avenue near Rhawn Street, about 3:30 a.m. and approached the shift manager, waving a knife in her face and demanding that she open the store safe, said Officer Christine O'Brien.
The employee told police that she walked behind the counter and opened the safe while the suspect stood next to her and watched. He ordered her to hand over the cash, which she did, but then the suspect got greedier. He reached inside the safe and grabbed a box of quarters, fleeing the store.
IN HOME INVASION
A Southwest Philadelphia resident was robbed by two armed juveniles during a home invasion, police said.
The crime happened at 6:14 a.m. on Florence Avenue near 54th Street, said police, who had no details on how the pair of robbers entered the house. The two suspects, who had a shotgun, stole a Wii game console and a computer, said Officer O'Brien. No one was injured in the melee and police are still seeking the two juveniles.
5CYCLIST STRIKES COP CAR, SLAPPED WITH DUI CHARGE
A cyclist is facing a drunken-driving charge after she struck a police cruiser with its lights and sirens on, police said yesterday.
Authorities said that the officer was responding to an emergency when the crash occurred about 2 a.m. yesterday at 22nd Street and Ben Franklin Parkway.
The woman, whose identity and age were not immediately released, was treated for minor injuries.
6FIGHT OVER BEER PONG
LEADS TO STABBING
A game of beer pong sparked an argument that later turned deadly for a 21-year-old Cherry Hill man early yesterday.
William Walker Jr. was playing the drinking game at a party on East Kay Drive, in Cherry Hill, when he argued with Naqueebullah Habibi, 19, said Capt. Rich Minardi of the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. The two finished the game without incident but started throwing punches outside the house about 2 a.m., Minardi said. The fight ended when Habibi pulled a knife and stabbed Walker in the chest, he said.
Walker, of Madison Avenue in Cherry Hill, was a volunteer firefighter, according to news reports.
He was pronounced dead at Cooper University Hospital soon after. Habibi, of Cooper Landing Road Cherry Hill, was charged with murder and was being held on full-cash bail of $750,000, Minardi said.