PHILADELPHIA, PA- The new year is not turning out very well for Philadelphia, as a series of five murders were carried out in a span of 12 hours between this past Saturday and Sunday.
The city in Pennsylvania used to be heralded as an area rich in history.
From the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution having been signed at Independence Hall, to the prominent display of the Liberty Bell. Now, it’s just shaping up to be the next Chicago in terms of homicide.
This past weekend, Philadelphia saw a total of seven murders come to fruition.
The most disturbing aspect was that five of them all happened within 12 hours of one another.
The violent weekend began when authorities had discovered a 15-year-old male victim had been shot several times at about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. The victim was rushed over to the Temple University Hospital where he eventually succumbed to his wounds. According to reports, police have not arrested anyone in connection with the teen’s murder.
Then at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, a 35-year-old man was stabbed in the neck during a fight that took place near the intersection of 17th and Sansom streets in Rittenhouse Square.
The victim was transferred to the hospital where he later died. Police did arrest the suspect and had recovered a weapon from the scene of the murder.
Merely an hour after the stabbing, a 24-year-old man was shot in the head around the 200 block of South Edgewood Street. According to police, a suspect is in custody for the shooting.
The victim was transported to Penn Presbyterian Hospital. He died shortly after his arrival.
At around 12:00 a.m. Sunday morning, a male victim in his early 20’s was gunned down at the intersection of Amber and Rush streets within the city’s Port Richmond area.
Police recovered at least four shell casings from the scene of the shooting. Authorities have yet to make any arrests regarding the murder.
Thereafter, at roughly 1:00 a.m., police had discovered a man who had been shot twice in the head around the 4700 block of North 5th Street. While surprisingly still being alive when officers found the victim, he was rushed over to Temple University Hospital where he later died.
That’s five people killed in just 12 hours. Yet, more blood was spilled on that Sunday.
At 1:16 p.m., reports came in about gun shots ringing off near Saint Joseph’s University.
When police hit the scene, they found a 24-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds at the 2400 block of N. 54th Street. He was pronounced as being dead at the scene and campus security stated that the suspect drove off in a dark blue sedan.
Hours later after the campus shooting, a 35-year-old man was found dead in the streets after a double shooting occurred around 10:45 p.m. that night.
Police responded when a call came in for shots fired and found two victims laying next to each other on the 3000 block of West Susquehanna Avenue.
The second victim was received at the Temple University Hospital and is being listed as in critical condition, having suffered from gunshot wounds to the head and body.
What more can you expect from the city that rang in the new year with three murdered within the first 15 hours of the year?
Eric Miller was shot in the chest and back at 11:57 a.m. in the West Philadelphia area and died slightly over 15 minutes later from the wounds sustained.
Two hours after Miller’s murder, 24-year-old Javon Cooper and 27-year-old Malik Milburn were both gunned down along the 4700 block of Griscom Street.
There’s a grave problem with the culture within the city, which averaged nearly 30 murders a month in 2019. If this trend continues in 2020, Philadelphia will be regarded more as just another violent city rather than a destination blooming with history.
In the meantime, in the Democratic controlled city of Baltimore, Maryland, a total of 12 people were shot this past Saturday in separate incidents, with five of the victims dying as a result of their wounds.
In a state that carries all the hottest gun control laws: red flag laws, background checks, magazine capacity restrictions, permits needed to carry a gun anywhere, firearm registration, and permits just to buy a gun – you would think the streets would be safer.
It’s almost like criminals don’t care what laws they break in the process of committing their crimes.
At a press conference Sunday, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison stated:
“It goes without saying that the level of violence in the city yesterday was deeply disturbing and deeply troubling.”
I’d say that “troubling” is a bit of an understatement when looking at the timeline of Saturday’s bloodshed within the city.
The shootings began at around 2:30 a.m. when police responded to a call reporting gunfire in the 700 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. in East Baltimore’s Milton-Montford neighborhood. Police found three women, ages 23, 27 and 28, inside of a sedan suffering from gunshot wounds. The women were transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital, but the 28-year-old woman died shortly after arriving.
Commissioner Harrison stated that the initial shooting appears to have resulted from an argument that took place at a nearby local nightclub. While he didn’t mention the club by name, he said that it was located on the corner of East Chase Street and North Patterson Park Avenue, which there’s a bar called Patchase in that area.
The women had reportedly left the club early that morning inside the sedan and stopped at a red light. Police say a vehicle then approached the stopped car and began shooting at the three women inside. Commissioner Harrison stated that there’s a person of interest wanted for questioning in the case.
Hours later on that Saturday, just after 7:00 a.m., police then responded to the 6300 block of Boston Street in O’Donnell Heights in East Baltimore for a reported shooting. When the cops arrived, they found a 46-year-old man who had been shot in his leg. Not long thereafter, a 40-year-old man who had been shot in his leg arrived at a local area hospital.
At around 2:30 p.m. that day, police were called over to 1400 block of Broening Highway in Medford in East Baltimore where they had found a man who’d been shot. No details were provided about the victim, outside of police revealing that man later died and that detectives have identified a person of interest. Not even thirty minutes later, a 37-year-old man near the 1200 block of Druid Hill Ave. in Upton in West Baltimore was found shot. Then at about 7:00 p.m., a 38-year-old man was also found shot in the 200 block of N. Lakewood Ave. in McElderry Park in East Baltimore.
Later that evening, officers discovered a Mercedes-Benz that crashed in the 3400 block of Cliftmont Ave. in Belair-Edison in Northeast Baltimore. The car had apparently been lit up with gunfire, according to Commissioner Harrison, and a 37-year-old man inside was suffering from multiple gun shot wounds. The victim was taken to a local hospital and later succumbed to his wounds.
Detectives are still working that case, attempting to determine where the gunfire had originally taken place prior to the crashing of the car. There are currently no suspects or motive attributed.
At around the same time of the discovery of the crashed vehicle, two male victims walked into the Saint Agnes Hospital suffering from gunshot wounds. Officers learned that the shooting had taken place near the corner in the 100 block of N. Kossuth St. and that one of the victims later died in the hospital. Police did not provide the age of the deceased, but stated that the other victim that survived was 26-years-old.
Twelve people have been shot, five of them fatally, in eight separate weekend shootings in Baltimore, authorities say. The city has seen more than 300 murders in each of the last five years, including 348 in 2019. https://t.co/7gIkq71UNO
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 12, 2020
The victims in that case were standing in front of a grocery store, when some unknown assailants appeared out of the alley and began shooting. Police have no suspects in mind, nor has any motive been attributed either.
The last of the violence on Saturday concluded at around 10:00 p.m. when officers found a 24-year-old man gunned down in the 1800 block of Bloomingdale Road in Rosemont in Northwest Baltimore. The victim had sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. There are currently no leads on that case as well.
The department hasn’t released any names of the victims in the cases and haven’t established a connection between all the five separate murders. Commissioner Harrison did state that the department has “redeployed some of our resources” to areas where the violence was most prominent.
Speaking of gun control, it seems that Virginia lawmakers have gone off the deep end. Their latest move? Passing a law that could block cops and active military from carrying guns.
State Delegate Dan Helmer filed a bill this past Wednesday that would allow the Attorney General, Mark Herring, the ability to determine which states’ concealed carry permits Virginia would continue to recognize, and potentially making it almost impossible for people to protect themselves if they do not live in Virginia.
Not that they plan to let Virginians protect themselves either.
It appears that this would include members of the military that are stationed at one of the many Virginia bases.
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According to the Washington Examiner, Virginia’s current concealed carry reciprocity law recognizes every out-of-state concealed carry license. However, the new proposal from Helmer could limit the number of out-of-state concealed carry permits Virginia recognizes if Herring deems their carry permit requirements insufficient.
“This is certainly more restrictive than the current process, which recognizes everyone’s permit. He can start saying, well, for this reason, or that reason, I’m not going to recognize their permit now,” Virginia lawyer George Lyon of Arsenal Attorneystold the Washington Examiner.”There are provisions where people can be denied a permit. For example, if they’ve had a stalking conviction or if they’ve had a drug conviction or possibly multiple DUI convictions.”
Virginia, home of the headquarters for the National Rifle Association, saw the legislature flip from Republican to Democrat after the 2019 election.
The state’s concealed carry reciprocity law went through a temporary tweaking back in 2015, when the General Assembly found itself in a grudge match with Herring over firearms-related issues.
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The Examiner said that Republicans initially refused to budge over passing two specific measures. The Attorney General ceased the concealed carry reciprocity agreements Virginia had with 25 states. Six of these states, which had recognized Virginia’s concealed carry permit on the condition that the Commonwealth recognize their concealed carry licenses, severedtheir agreements with Virginia as well.
Representatives from both sides of the aisle were able to reach a consensus on the measures, one associated with domestic violence and protective orders and the other related to state police being stationed at gun shows for background checks of private sellers.
Herring reinstated not only the original reciprocity agreements, but also created reciprocity pacts with every state that offers them. As a result of this deal, all out-of-state concealed carry permit holders could carry concealed in Virginia.
The summary of the bill says:
Out-of-state concealed handgun permits; reciprocity. Reinstates the prior law providing that the holder of an out-of-state concealed handgun permit who is at least 21 years of age is authorized to carry a concealed handgun in Virginia if the other state (i) has a 24-hour-a-day means of verification of the validity of the permits issued in that state and (ii) has requirements and qualifications that are adequate to prevent possession of a permit by persons who would be denied a permit in Virginia.
Under current law, the holder of an out-of-state concealed handgun permit who is at least 21 years of age is authorized to carry a concealed handgun in Virginia if
(a) the other state has a means of verification of the validity of the permits issued in that state, accessible 24 hours a day, if available;
(b) the person carries a government-issued photo identification and displays it upon demand of a law-enforcement officer; and
(c) the person has not previously had a Virginia concealed handgun permit revoked. The bill states that the Attorney General shall
(1) determine whether states meet the requirements and qualifications of the bill,
(2) maintain a registry of such states, and
(3) make the registry available to law-enforcement officers for investigative purposes. The bill further requires the Attorney General to review the determinations of whether states meet the requirements and qualifications of the bill and update the registry accordingly every two years.
The bill removes the requirement for the Superintendent of State Police to enter into agreements for reciprocal recognition with other states that require an agreement to be in place before the state will recognize a Virginia concealed handgun permit as valid in the state and provides that the Attorney General may enter into agreements for reciprocal recognition with any state qualifying for recognition.
The bill also reinstates the recognition of certain Maryland concealed handgun permits and eliminates the requirement that the Superintendent of State Police enter into agreements for reciprocal recognition of concealed handgun permits or licenses with other states where agreements were in existence on December 1, 2015.
The entire bill can be read here.
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