KILLADELPHIA: Machine Gun-Toting Asshole On Bike Shoots Up Camden, Caps Four Year Old In The Head

skeleton_running.gifINQUIRER: A man mounted a bicycle shortly before 5:30 p.m. yesterday and pulled out a gun. He pedaled down Norris Street in Camden and opened fire, peppering the neighborhood with bullets, police sources said. Brandon Thompson, 4, was playing on the street in front of his house. The child was struck in the head. He died instantly. Just before dawn this morning, U.S. Marshals captured a suspect in South Philadelphia. Donald Benjamin Lindsey, 20, has been charged with the boy’s murder. Marshals arrested Lindsey at 5 a.m. on the 2000 block of South Bonsall Street without incident, said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. He is being held at Philadelphia Police headquarters where he is awaiting extradition back to Camden. At a press conference this morning, prosecutor Warren Faulk said the shooting stemmed from “a beef” Lindsey had with someone in the neighborhood and was not drug or gang-related. MORE

RELATED: Stephanie Thompson, 21, said she was running to scoop up her four-year-old son when a man with aguncrazy.gif machine gun aimed at the boy and pulled the trigger. Brandon Thompson collapsed on the sidewalk in a pool of blood. He had been shot in the head. “I watched my baby get shot,” said Stephanie Thompson through her tears. “I couldn’t get to him fast enough.” Neither could law enforcement. Thompson said she had called Camden police the day before her son was killed to report that a man was in the neighborhood with a machine gun. “I called 911 and told them,” Thompson said. “He was just riding around. It wasn’t like he was hidin’ it. “This could have been avoided if they had done their job,” she said. Police confirmed late this morning that Stephanie Thompson called police Sunday to report a man on a bicycle with a gun. Authorities are reviewing police logs now to determine what was said and the police response. MORE

skeleton_running.gifALSO: A 20-year-old man was found fatally shot this morning in the city’s Brewerytown neighborhood, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was found by police in the 1400 block of North 28th Street at 1:27 a.m. He had a gunshot wound to the head. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene. No arrests were reported. [via INQUIRER]

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