Two Philadelphia cops shot, nursing assistant killed at Jefferson Hospital by gunman

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Authorities say that a 55-year-old man shot and killed and coworker at Jefferson University Hospital on October 4th before fleeing the scene in a U-Haul truck and later wounding two Philadelphia Police officers in exchanged gunfire where officers also wounded the suspect as well.

Details about the incident are still developing, but here are the details known thus far.

On October 4th at approximately 12:08 a.m., Philadelphia Police were alerted about a gunman on the ninth floor of Jefferson Hospital at 11th and Chestnut streets in Philadelphia’s Center City. A nursing assistant, identified by family members as 43-year-old Anrae James, was fatally shot.

Reports indicate that the suspect who killed James was a coworker, identified as 55-year-old Stacey Hayes, was also a nursing assistant. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw stated that it is unclear whether Hayes was actively on-duty at the hospital at the time of the shooting.

However, Hayes was reportedly wearing scrubs at the time of the shooting incident.

Officials proclaim that Hayes fled the hospital in a U-Haul truck following the shooting.

At approximately 1:25 a.m., Philadelphia Police encountered the suspect after a passerby at 40th Street and Parkside Avenue in the Parkside section of the city flagged down officers about a man in scrubs shooting into the air, according to Commissioner Outlaw:

“The report was that there was a male in scrubs, with a weapon or a long gun, who was potentially firing rounds in the air or just had a gun.”

When officers encountered the suspect, he reportedly opened fire on them. Two officers were struck by gunfire, with officials saying a 30-year-old officer was hit in the right elbow and a 32-year-old officer was struck in the nose.

The unnamed officer struck in the elbow is reportedly in critical but stable condition at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, whereas the officer struck in the nose was treated and released from the same hospital.

Both of the officers have been with the Philadelphia Police Department for six years.

The two other officers on the scene were not injured during the shootout.

Hayes was reportedly shot in the upper body and neck and has since been transferred to an area hospital, where he is expected to survive. Commissioner Outlaw stated that the suspect was wearing body armor during the firefight:

“We learned that he was wearing body armor, and was carrying multiple weapons. In addition to the long gun which was believed to be an AR-15, he was also carrying some form of a semi-automatic handgun.”

Hayes’ family reportedly told investigators that he was suffering mental health issues recently, and sources proclaim that Hayes was known to police and had firearms confiscated at some point due to psychiatric reasons. Hayes petitioned the courts in 2020 to have access to firearms restored, which his petition was successful.

Mayor Jim Kenney released the following statement regarding the incident:

“I want to acknowledge and commend the work of the first responders and police officers who responded to the horrific incident overnight at Jefferson Hospital. Their quick response in finding the perpetrator stopped this situation from escalating further.

Tragically, one Jefferson employee was killed and two officers were badly wounded-my prayers are with them and their families. Early this morning, I visited with the officers to thank them for their heroic work and wish them a speedy recovery.

The Philadelphia Police Department is conducting a full investigation. This is yet another example of weaponry that is far too powerful being in the hands of people who shouldn’t have access to them. We need common-sense gun laws to stop these tragedies that have become all too frequent.”

The father of the nursing assistant killed inside of the hospital, 69-year-old William James, spoke to The Philadelphia Inquirer about the pleasant memories with his son who’d come and cut his hair every two weeks – never taking a dollar for it, despite his father’s insistence at times:

“That’s some of the best times for me, where we sit down for those couple hours.”

William James said his son leaves behind his wife and two daughters, ages 2 and 17, and an 11-year-old son, saying “my son’s legacy is his kids.” William James said his son Anrae had a unique way of figuring things out, often getting his father to expand his perspective by trying to place himself in other people’s shoes:

“It was a beautiful, beautiful thing. And I ain’t gon’ have that no more. I’m not going to have that… It’s just not fair.”

A possible motive for the killing has not yet been released by authorities.

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Philadelphia will ban “minor” traffic stops in interest of “equity”, effectively protecting criminals

(Originally published September 24th, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, PA- The stupidity of Democrats continues.

In Philadelphia, a bill is moving forward that would ban police enforcement of certain motor vehicle stops which some claim “disproportionately affect black drivers,” according to the Philadelphia Tribune.

Among violations which would no longer be enforceable by Philly police are driving with broken headlights, loud mufflers or operating an unregistered car.

The latter is interesting in that it is well known in police circles that if a car is unregistered, it is likely also uninsured, which increases the risk of those who legally register and ensure their vehicles should they get into an accident.

According to an analysis by the Defender Association of Philadelphia, they analyzed 309,000 traffic stops using data collected between Oct 2018 through Sept 2019.

According to that analysis, black drivers accounted for 72% of the stops, with an arrest rate of around 1%. Fifteen percent of the stops were white drivers with an arrest rate of only 2/100ths less than blacks with far fewer stops, .98%.

In the case of tickets issued relative to the stops, Black drivers made up 9% of tickets issued while whites received 14% of the fines issued. These statistics appeared to have been spun in order to make it appear that the reason whites received more tickets for less stops was they were stopped for “more legitimate purposes”.

“When they stopped white drivers, they were for more legitimate purposes and they actually did things that advance those public safety measures,” former Chief Defender Keir Bradford-Grey said in testimony at a Committee on Public Safety hearing of the City Council.

Some, including the bill’s sponsor Isiah Thomas claimed he had been stopped for “minor infractions” and said it was because of a pattern of racial profiling.

Some addressed traffic stops that turned deadly, although none in Philadelphia.

For example one case cited was that of Sandra Bland, who committed suicide while in police custody after originally being stopped in Texas for failing to signal a lane change.

The Philando Castille shooting in Minnesota was addressed, a man who was shot after being stopped for driving with a broken taillight. Another man, Walter Scott was shot in by a South Carolina officer after being stopped for a broken taillight.

No incidents appeared to have been raised where routine traffic stops resulted in arrests of high-profile suspects, such as Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber; Ted Bundy, a serial killer responsible for the deaths of a number of co-eds in Florida; the Hillside Strangler, a serial killer in California; and David Berkowitz, the “Son of Sam” who committed a number of murders in New York City in the 1970s.

In the case of Philadelphia, Francis Healy, special advisor to Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw noted the department has been working to address the “disparities” in the data presented since last summer.

Outlaw has decided she will support what the bill is trying to do, while Healy claims passage of the bill won’t have a negative impact on the department’s ability to stop drivers for committing crimes.

“This is not stopping police officers from making legitimate public safety stops,” he said. “If I have reasonable suspicion or probable cause you’re involved in criminal activity, I can make the stop,” he said.

This is the second go-around for Thomas introducing the bill which stalled the last time after the Law Department raised concerns. He said the current version of the bill wouldn’t have an affect on stops for violations such as speeding, running stop signs and tinted windows.

In this version, the Defender Association became involved to draft the new version of the bill.

Healy noted that aside from changing the written policy, the department also wants to implement a related training program.

In another bill proposed out of committee, it would require police officers to record and maintain certain police stop data which would help determine how effective the interactions are in reducing crime. It is expected the bills could be brought to a vote by the council by the end of the month.

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