Cops: La Salle student found dead

A La Salle University student died inside his campus apartment yesterday afternoon, the victim of an apparent drug overdose, police said.

Jhoseph Ramirez-Brodeur, 20, was pronounced dead by emergency-medical personnel just after noon in his room in the St. Theresa Court Apartments, on Chew Avenue near Wister Street in East Germantown, according to a police source.

Investigators found an abundance of drugs and drug paraphernalia near his body, according to that source.

Calls to university officials were not returned.

Three dead after overnight violence

Homicide detectives in the city had their hands full early yesterday.

Two people were shot and killed and a third was critically injured when an unknown shooter - or shooters - opened fire about 1:25 a.m. yesterday outside the Mark V Lounge, on 52nd Street near Girard Avenue, in West Philadelphia.

Police said two men, ages 27 and 52, were pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania about 10 minutes after officers in the area found them while investigating gunfire they had heard earlier.

A 23-year-old man survived the incident with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was listed in critical condition at HUP last night.

Several witnesses were being interviewed last night by homicide detectives, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Witnesses told police that the shooting was sparked by an argument, and that some of the victims may have been bystanders caught in the crossfire.

No arrests had been made last night, but witness accounts described the shooter as a bald man who wore a white T-shirt during the attack and ran from the scene, Small said.

A few hours later, patrol cops in Kingsessing were flagged down by a pedestrian who said he spotted an unresponsive man on Greenway Avenue near 55th Street.

The 41-year-old man, whose name was not released, was found on the ground next to a car, with a single stab wound to his chest, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Reward offered in armored-car heist

Have some insight into who held up an armored car in Northeast Philly last month? That money could make you $25,000 richer.

GardaWorld Cash Services is offering a reward for information leading to the capture, arrest and conviction of the two males who held up one of its cars April 17 outside a TD Bank on Frankford Avenue near Magee in Mayfair, the company said yesterday.

During that heist, two armed men stole $105,000 from the vehicle in broad daylight.

Tipster asked to call the FBI's Philadelphia office at 215-418-4000.

- Vinny Vella and David Gambacorta