Violence


A nifty little crimebuster

When three men were shot in a Southwest Philadelphia bar last month, reportedly in front of 20 people, police were met with a familiar response: Nobody saw anything. So city detectives turned to a $39.95 tool that's helped them solve scores of shootings and at least a dozen homicides since late 2004, including the killings of a police officer and a 9-year-old boy.

For 3, death came randomly

INQUIRER STAFF WRITER In the absence of answers, the family of Francisco Rodriguez clings to his number. "He was 171," his mother and sisters keep saying, as if Rodriguez' place in this year's homicide toll could explain why the maintenance mechanic was gunned down early on June 5 while waiting...

For 3, death came randomly

INQUIRER STAFF WRITER In the absence of answers, the family of Francisco Rodriguez clings to his number. "He was 171," his mother and sisters keep saying, as if Rodriguez' place in this year's homicide toll could explain why the maintenance mechanic was gunned down early on June 5 while waiting to catch a bus home from work.

A plea for help, a mayor's role

Mayor Street traveled to Reading last week, where he met with the Pennsylvania mayors of four nearby cities and got a commitment from the state's House Judiciary Committee chairman to introduce new gun-control legislation this fall. But few people here knew he went. Fewer still know what he did.

A plea for help, a mayor's role

Mayor Street traveled to Reading last week, where he met with the Pennsylvania mayors of four nearby cities and got a commitment from the state's House Judiciary Committee chairman to introduce new gun-control legislation this fall. But few people here knew he went. Fewer still know what he did.

Police leaders, Abraham challenge "anti-snitching" culture

Responding to a weekend of violence that left seven people dead and 36 wounded, Mayor Street and top law enforcement officials took aim yesterday at the silence that is allowing killers to roam free.

Police leaders, Abraham challenge "anti-snitching" culture

Responding to a weekend of violence that left seven people dead and 36 wounded, Mayor Street and top law enforcement officials took aim yesterday at the silence that is allowing killers to roam free.
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Annette John-Hall | Not a dangerous city? Tell it to them

Shauta McDuffie will be sitting in the front row of New Hope Baptist Church today for the funeral for her son, Tykeem Law.

Life rebuilt in Phila. ends with a gunshot

Gui Xu Liu came to Philadelphia from China. He learned to become a construction contractor and built his own house in South Philadelphia. He sent his daughter to MIT and his son to Penn State Abington.

Heading off the horrors of the street

Sitting at his kitchen table in the growing light of a July day, Dan Taylor opened his newspaper and saw a photograph of the late Jarrett Gore.

City legislators meet on gun control

Searching for ways to reduce the tide of gun violence in Philadelphia, a panel of state lawmakers heard testimony today from an array of civic leaders at City Hall.

Shooting at city vigil blamed on teen gangs

A war between teenage gangs injected terror and chaos into a West Philadelphia antiviolence vigil when an 18-year-old woman was shot in the back, police said.

Woman shot, wounded at W. Phila. antiviolence rally

A stop-the-violence rally near 61st and Market Streets in West Philadelphia last night was interrupted by gunfire.

Profiling the city's gun violence

More than 100 murders so far this year, more than 80 percent of them involving handguns. More than 400 shootings, an average of five a day. A 40 percent increase in homicides since 2002. Almost 85 percent of shooters and victims have criminal records. More than $100 million in hospital charges for assault-related medical care. Not enough jobs or social services, and way too many guns.

Phila. gun task force issues warrants for 'straw' buys

The father of Twanita Johnson's baby needed a gun, but he couldn't buy one, because he's a convict. So Johnson, 21, who had no criminal record, went to a Bucks County gun shop and bought her baby's father a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol, law-enforcement officials said.

Annette John-Hall | Silence is the enemy of justice

In broad daylight, at least three people fire 40 shots in front of 20 witnesses, killing a mother trying to protect her children on a narrow little street in Southwest Philadelphia. And nobody sees a thing?

Brother, husband arrested in death

It's the code of the street: Don't snitch. Dummy up. "It's not good for me to talk," said a man who declined to give his name as he cleaned up a car damaged by gunfire on the Kingsessing street where Jovonne Stelly, 28, was killed Sunday.

3 shootings kill mother, man, wound 2 girls

A mother of four was fatally shot and three other people were wounded yesterday after an afternoon gun battle erupted on a street in Southwest Philadelphia.

Phils hear from group on violence prevention

CLEARWATER, Fla. - It is not uncommon for teams to shut the clubhouse door and have early-morning meetings in spring training, but the Phillies are the only club in baseball to have had one of this kind.

Two men create a memorial to lives taken in city violence

To Michael "MIC" Ta'bon and his friend Lionel Dunbar, the names are a measure of the social health of the city, and painting them on a wall in the Nicetown section of North Philadelphia is a way to make sure they are not forgotten.