Investigators: Fatal shooting of Philadelphia officer’s son may have been targeted assassination

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PHILADELPHIA, PA- In the morning hours on Monday, January 24th, 23-year-old Hyram Hill, son of a veteran Philadelphia police officer, was murdered outside a store in what police are now saying may have been a targeted attack

Hill, who worked as a bouncer, is the son of Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) Officer Edweena Ferguson, a 17-year veteran of the department.

The motive for the murder, which took place outside a corner store, is no longer being considered as a robbery.

Police believe that the 23-year-old was targeted. Hill was shot a total of nine times, eight of them in the back by two shooters. Police said that at 4:40 a.m., Hill had stopped to go to a corner store at Broad Street and Allegheny Avenue in North Philadelphia.

Police believe that the shooters followed Hill from his workplace, where he is a bouncer. The fatal shooting happened in front of a bus stop with numerous cameras in the area, providing investigators information on the movements of all involved.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the suspects, who were masked, converged on Hill, who was carrying a legally-registered firearm. According to police, Hill drew his weapon and fired off one live round at some point during the confrontation. 

Investigators: Fatal shooting of Philadelphia officer's son may have been targeted assassination

Detectives said they believe the suspects went through Hill’s pockets and stole his handgun. PPD Homicide Captain James Smith said in a statement:

“It could be a robbery, but it could also be a targeted attack. I can’t get into why we believe that.”

Smith said the gunmen may have fled the scene in a Chevrolet Malibu. A $30,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Hill’s killers. Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby said in a statement:

“Somebody has information on this case that can lead to an arrest in the homicide of Hyram Hill. Enough is enough in Philadelphia. We have too many guns and violent offenders on our streets.”

At a press conference on Tuesday, January 25th, Hill’s mother, Officer Ferguson, spoke about her son saying:

“I wear the face of many parents in the city. Even being a police officer, my son was not exempt. My son did not have a record. My son has never been arrested. My son had a license to carry a legal firearm. My son was not exempt.”

Hill, a West Catholic High School graduate, was two semesters away from graduating with his bachelor’s degree from Cheyney University, where he was studying early education. He also worked full-time as a mentor for troubled youth in New Castle, Delaware. 

Hil was anxiously awaiting the birth of his first child, a little girl, who is due to arrive in two months. Officer Ferguson said:

“I was proud of everything my son did. Every move he made, I told him you take two steps, I’m going to take 50 for you.”

During the press conference, Officer Ferguson begged members of her community to “stand down” and to let her fellow officers locate the men responsible for murdering her son. She told reporters:

“I work for a team of the best homicide detectives here in the city of Philadelphia. They’re the best in the world. Let them do their job. Everybody stand down. Please … Let my job do their job. It’s me, Edweena asking you. Not Officer Ferguson. It’s me, his mother … Stand down. I’m begging you.”

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Little girl, 8, murdered in drive by shooting while she was petting a horse that passed by her house

January 16th, 2022

AUGUSTA, GA – A family is in mourning after an 8-year-old girl was shot and killed while petting a horse that passed by her front yard.

Police are now looking for an orange vehicle that they believe is involved.

The young girl, Arbrie Anthony, had been standing outside her home in the 2000 block of 3rd Avenue in Augusta, Georgia just enjoying being a kid.

A horse walked by and Arbrie went out to pet the animal. Little could she have envisioned that would be the last thing she would ever do.

Richmond County Sheriff’s Office reported that an orange newer model Jeep Compass Trailhawk happened by the residence where Arbrie was standing around 7:30 pm on January 8th.

As the Jeep drove by, occupied by two people, at least one of the occupants opened fire, shooting off anywhere between 5-10 rounds. The rounds struck Arbrie and the horse she was petting.  Both died from their injuries.

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree spoke about the incident, noting that he does not believe Arbrie was the target.

However, the area where the girl was near was known as a commonplace where groups would congregate which may be why the shots were fired. Roundtree said the shooting may have been retaliation for some previous event or just gang activity in general.

Roundtree, disgusted at the murder of the little girl, said:

“These [suspects] are cowards. No matter what your beef is, no matter what your intent is, when children are present, they get a pass…it’s always been that way.”

After the shooting, Arbrie’s father Arthur Anthony picked her up and drove her to the Augusta University Medical Center for treatment.

She succumbed to her injuries shortly after they arrived at the hospital.

Family and friends held a candlelight vigil on January 9th to remember Arbrie and call for justice. Arbrie’s family called for the shooters to turn themselves in and answer for murdering the young girl.

Anthony spoke to WJBF and talked about how he was outside near a group of people when the shots were fired. Although he did not witness the shooting, he saw the aftermath. He said:

“I got on the ground, and the first thing when I got up, I yelled for her. She didn’t respond back and I picked her up and rushed her to the hospital.”

Arbrie’s aunt, Jamila McDaniel, noted how happy Arbrie was and how she loved going places. She said:

“She was a happy child, a loving child. She loved to do stuff, loved going places.”

A GoFundMe account has been established in an attempt to raise money for the family for funeral and other expenses while they go through this difficult time. The organizer, Jason Prouty, wrote:

“My name is Jason and I’m setting up this go fund me to help raise funds for Art Anthony(Ott), who has worked for me directly and our company for years.

This is absolutely tragic and I don’t know what to say to him and there is nothing else I can think to do for him other than try to help raise money to cover the funeral expenses…

Art has the most gentle soul of any man I’ve ever met and his only daughter Arbrie, who was 8 years old, was his everything and his reason for living.”

Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is now asking for the public’s help in identifying those responsible for this heinous crime.

Detectives are asking anyone with any information that can lead to the arrest and conviction to please contact them at 706 821-1080. Roundtree noted that callers can remain anonymous.

Democrats push bill to reduce penalties for drive-by shootings, calling it ‘racial equity’(op-ed)

Democrats push bill to reduce penalties for drive-by shootings, calling it ‘racial equity’(op-ed)

OLYMPIA, WA – Just when you thought Democrats could not go any crazier than what has been witnessed in 2021, the year 2022 just ordered up some nuts.

In a moment of shear stupidity, Washington state Democrats have introduced a bill to go easy on drive-by murders in the name of racial equity.

 

House Bill 1692 explicitly states in its first line:

“An act relating to promoting racial equity in the criminal legal system by eliminating drive-by shooting as a basis for elevating murder in the first degree to aggravated murder in the first degree.”

Setting aside the obvious racism in that beginning sentence, which assumes black people are driving around shooting people, let’s keep peeling away at the shell covering these nuts.

The bill was filed on Dec. 23 by Representatives Tarra Simmons, D-Bremerton, and David Hackney, D-Tukwila, ahead of the state’s 2022 60-day legislative session that begins Jan. 10.

 

Under current law, criminals found guilty of first-degree murder face a maximum sentence of life without parole. These crimes are usually pre-meditated, though a murder that shows extreme indifference to human life also qualifies.

Due to sentencing guidelines, first degree murder charges usually result in a sentence of 20-30 years, with 20 years being the minimum.

Also under current law, a drive-by shooting qualifies for an aggravated first-degree murder charge with mandatory penalty of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

There is an exception for drive-by killers under the age of 21, who cannot serve life terms in Washington.

 

If the Democratic crazies have their way and pass this ludicrous act, it will remove drive-by shootings from the list of aggravated factors. Thus, a drive-by murderer, if charged and convicted, could be released from prison.

Democrats are not happy giving future killers a break, they want the new law to be retroactive. The act states that anyone convicted previously or who pleaded guilty to first degree murder with a drive-by as the sole aggravating factor:

“(Those convicted) must be returned to the sentencing court or the sentencing court’s successor for entry of a conviction of murder in the first degree and sentencing according to the sentencing guidelines in effect on the date of the offense.”

Washington has been ranked by the Violence Policy Center as among the worst states for drive-by shootings. The study ranked the top-10 states ranked by the number of drive-by shootings during the study period.

Washington ranked fourth in the study, tied with Illinois. The only states ranking higher were Florida, Texas, and California.

 

Rep. Simmons, who represents a district in western Washington, argued that “it’s clear that it was targeted at gangs that were predominantly young and Black”:

“I believe in a society that believes in the power of redemption. Murder is murder no matter where the bullet comes from, but locking young people up and throwing away the key is not the answer.”

Rep. Gina Mosbrucker (R-Goldendale), ranking Republican on the House Public Safety Committee, issued a press statement in response to the House Bill:

“It was reported during the summer that at least nine drive-by shootings in the Yakima area this year have left a trail of injuries, deaths and traumatized neighborhoods.

This horrific crime is happening more and more across our state, taking the lives of innocent victims, destroying families, and leaving neighborhoods and communities in fear.”

Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic, the House Republican floor leader and a former law enforcement officer, said Democrats are simply trying to coddle to criminals:

“The Defund the Police movement pushed by progressives in this state brought forth a package of law enforcement ‘reform’ bills during the 2021 legislative session that, in the end, have made families and communities less safe, law enforcement less effective, and criminals were emboldened.

“With numerous editorials, columns, newspapers articles, radio and television stories highlighting these dangerous bills, you’d think the Legislature had learned its lesson.

But here we are again, at the cusp of adopting new policies to coddle criminals at the expense of our safety.”

 

In a moment of sanity in an insane political atmosphere, Maycumber questioned the timing of the legislation:

“Washington state is already seeing a surge in violent crime which is currently at a 25-year high, with murders at an all-time high in 2020, up 80 percent from five years ago.

Rape is up 40 percent from five years ago and aggravated assaults are up 50 percent from five years ago.

In light of this, why are some elected officials so intent on making it easier to be a violent criminal and releasing murderers back onto our streets?

“House Bill 1692 is a tragedy in the making as our children and families will be less safe in their own homes and even their own beds. This bill will allow those who have committed murder when engaged in drive-by shootings to get out of jail sooner.”

The only thing remaining to be seen in 2022 is whether voters will wake up and stand up to these out-of-control, self-serving political hacks?

As left-wing and Progressive Democrats continue to ignore the pain and violence being inflicted on the citizens in the streets of our once-great nation, and unabashedly cater to the criminals and cons using the excuse of some type of fabricated and fantastical social justice and judicial reform, people are dying in the streets.

It is time for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents to come together and say enough is enough. It is time to recognize that we are tearing our country apart from the inside, and soon there will be nothing left to save.


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