Saturday, August 05, 2006

Northeast Times: Death Despite the Plea

Northeast Times details double homicide.

Two Northeast Philadelphia men were fatally shot inside their homes within days of Mayor John Street’s televised plea for peace in the streets last week.

The first killing occurred early Friday as three people burst into a Frankford home and shot a man to death.

The incident occurred shortly after 4 a.m., according to police. Officers from the 15th Police District responded to reports of gunshots in a home on the 5000 block of Jackson St.

On the scene, they found a dead body in a second-floor bedroom. The victim was identified as Shakeem Perry, 21.

Another male in the house told police that three black men with guns entered the home looking to rob it. After being frustrated by the small amount of money in the house, one of the men shot Perry once in the back of the head.

One of the gunmen fired at the second man, but the weapon misfired. The threesome escaped in an unknown direction.

About 47 hours later, Crescentville became the scene of the city’s 232nd reported homicide this year as a man was shot multiple times inside his home early Sunday morning.

Officers from the 2nd Police District went to a home on the 300 block of Stevens St. just before 3 a.m. in response to a report of a person with a gun, said Capt. Michael Costello of the homicide division.

Inside the living room, the officers discovered the body of Tarik Hunter, 34, who had been wounded in the head, torso and leg, Costello said. Hunter was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have not named any suspects in the shooting or disclosed a suspected motive.

Three black males in white t-shirts were "seen in the area" immediately prior to the shooting, but descriptions given to investigators have been minimal.

The homicides followed Street’s July 27 address outlining steps being taken to end the rising number of shootings and killings in the city.

Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call the police homicide division at 215-686-3334 (3335, 3336).

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