KILLADELPHIA: 3 More Dead Since U Went To Bed

skeleton-running.gifUniversity of Pennsylvania police early Monday morning shot and killed a man accused of shooting a disc jockey at a strip club near the Penn campus, according to Philadelphia police. A campus police officer shot the alleged gunman after the DJ was shot inside Club Wizzards located below Chili’s restaurant at 38th and Chestnut Street, a homicide detective said. Campus police shot the alleged gunman in the chest at about 12:14 a.m. outside of Chili’s as he ran away. Authorities say University of Pennsylvania police were called to a report of a fight at the strip club. As police arrived on the scene, two men with guns ran out of club, pointing the weapons at the officers. The suspects exchanged gunfire with the officers who fatally shot one man and wounded the second. The DJ was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was listed in serious condition. Homicide detectives said club patrons who witnessed the incident were taken to police headquarters to be interviewed. [via the INQUIRER]

skeleton-running.gif One man was fatally shot in North Philadelphia Saturday evening. It happened at 8th and Tioga Streets around 6 p.m. A man in his 20s was shot in the head. The victim was transported to Temple Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. Authorities are searching for a male wearing a black hoody and dark colored pants. There is no word on what sparked the shooting and it remains under investigation. [via PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3)]


skeleton-running.gifA shooting Sunday morning in the city’s Frankford section leaves a man dead. It happened around 5:30am Sunday along the 1600 block of Brill Street. Police say a man was shot in the head, and died at an area hospital a short time later. The victim hasn’t been identified. Police say they have no motive or suspects. [via KYW]


skull.gifALSO: Two children were hospitalized on Thanksgiving night following a shooting in North Philadelphia, police said. Investigators said an 11-year-old girl was shot in the wrist and another child was shot in the face on Marshall Street near Lehigh Avenue. The age and sex of the second child was not released. [via NBC10]


skeleton-running.gifHOW KILLADELPHIA PLAYS IN PENNSYLTUCKY: ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — A killing this week on the violence-plagued streets of Philadelphia has a Lancaster County link. Tranere Mikell, the 16-year-old son of Sylvette Mikell, a window clerk at the Elizabethtown Post Office, became the the city’s 360th homicide victim of 2007 and the 21st in the month of November. Tranere, an 11th-grader, was gunned down Monday near the family’s home in Southwest Philadelphia. Sylvette Mikell, a single mother of seven children, learned of her son’s death when she arrived home after a three-hour commute from Elizabethtown to Philadelphia. Silvia Mikell, Sylvette Mikell’s mother, said the word in the neighborhood is that a 16-year-old is responsible for the killing. [via LANCASTER ONLINE]


WHY THEY CALL IT PENNSYLTUCKY: The strength of the gun rights movement can be seen and heard in the woods of Pennsylvania tomorrow today for the opening of deer season. The state has nearly 1 million licensed hunters, second only to Texas. About one-fourth of them are NRA members, putting Pennsylvania among its top three states for both total and per-capita membership. An estimated one of three Pennsylvania households owns a gun or rifle, and 415,075 firearms were purchased or transferred in the state last year. Pennsylvania has long been a challenge for gun-control advocates, going back to the defeat in 1968 of incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Joseph Clark. The gun issue was in the forefront of the election, won by Republican Richard Schweiker, after the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. Mr. Clark was a former Philadelphia mayor, like Mr. Rendell. [via PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE]

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