Thursday, August 10, 2006

Northeast Times: Cars, Girls Spark Gunfire

Northeast Times narrates another pair of shootings.

Philadelphia police arrested two men in connection with two separate local shootings last week.

The first incident occurred on July 30 at about midnight at SEPTA’s Frankford Terminal, 1500 Bridge St. According to police, an argument between two groups of teens, apparently over a girl, sparked the gunfire.

The arguing led to a physical fight, during which a 17-year-old male allegedly pulled out a .32-caliber revolver and shot another 17-year-old male once in the shoulder. Police took the victim to Frankford Hospital’s Torresdale Campus in stable condition. He was treated in the emergency room and immediately released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Witnesses told police that the shooter and his group had boarded a bus in an attempt to flee. Officers tracked down the bus on the 5200 block of Castor Ave. and took the passengers off. A short time later, police found a bag on the ground near the scene. It contained a loaded revolver with one spent shell in the chamber.

After a witness pointed out the alleged shooter, he was identified, arrested and charged with aggravated assault and related offenses. His name is not being published because he is a minor.

The second shooting occurred on Aug. 1 at about 12:11 a.m. on the 2000 block of Nester St. in Bustleton, police said.

Police arrived and found a wounded male lying in the grass outside of an apartment building. Korti Stiti, 27, of the 1800 block of Nester St., had been wounded three times in the torso.

Fire department medics took him to Frankford Hospital’s Torresdale Campus in critical condition. Following emergency surgery, he remained hospitalized until Aug. 5.

Witnesses informed investigators that four men came to the apartment complex and engaged in an argument with another man over an automobile. When Stiti got involved in the dispute, one of the men allegedly shot him several times, then fled on foot.

Police identified the suspect and spotted him a short time later walking near Castor Avenue and Arthur Street. He was identified as Srecko Pesikan, 20, of the 2000 block of Arthur St. He was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and related offenses.

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