Victim of deadly dispute identified

44th Street near Fairmount Avenue, West Powelton

Police on Tuesday identified a 21-year-old man shot to death in front of his girlfriend's house in West Philadelphia on Monday night as Ronnie Romero.

Police said Romero, who lived on Simpson Street near Girard Avenue in West Philly, was involved in an argument with the boyfriend of his girlfriend's sister on Monday night as the two men were driving to a barbecue at his girlfriend's house.

After the two men arrived in a green Pontiac Bonneville about 9:45 p.m., they got out, and the argument escalated into gunfire.

The other man pulled a 9 mm handgun on Romero and fired at least four shots at him, according to police. Romero was wounded twice in the head and once in the chest, and the other man drove off.

Romero was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at 11:06 p.m. Monday, cops said.

Three witnesses were taken to speak with police after the shooting, and cops found two shell casings on the scene.

The shooter was last seen traveling in the green Bonneville on 44th Street near Fairmount Avenue, cops said. They were still searching for him Tuesday.

TU home-invasion suspect charged

Page Street near 15th, North Philadelphia

Police have identified the man charged in Sunday's home invasion near the Temple University campus as 19-year-old Jamar Trusty. Trusty lives on 16th Street near Montgomery Avenue, police said, just a few blocks from the house that was targeted in the armed robbery.

Investigators are looking for two other men believed to have been involved. One was described by police as a black man, 18 to 25 years old with a chubby build. He was wearing a dark, hooded shirt. The other was a black man seen wearing a brown shirt with white lettering.

Police also have charged Temple student Massimo Pulcini with possession with intent to distribute. Investigators believe that Pulcini, 21, was selling marijuana out of the house and that the activity drew the attention of Trusty and the other gunmen, who watched the house before bursting in.

Man, 42, found dead on porch

Erie Avenue near 13th Street, Hunting Park

Police believe that a fight between two residents of a boardinghouse in Hunting Park early Tuesday may have led to the murder of a 42-year-old man who lived in the house.

Darrick Trawick was found unconscious and bleeding on the front porch of the boardinghouse by other residents about 6 a.m. He suffered two gunshot wounds to the chest.

Cops said Trawick had been in a fight earlier with another person who lived in the boardinghouse, but no arrest had been made in the murder as of Tuesday night. n

— Phillip Lucas, Morgan Zalot and Allison Steele