Friday, September 01, 2006

Daily News: Mothers, Children, Brothers, Sisters Torn Apart

Philadelphia Daily News narrates catastrophic night.

At 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday, the carnage began.

A half-hour later, across town in East Falls, a routine police traffic stop turned bloody.

About the time of the East Falls shooting, police said, Kevin White, 28, dragged an 18-year-old woman into an alley near 10th Street and Olney Avenue and sexually assaulted her. Then, cops said, he shot and wounded the unidentified rape victim and then fatally shot a man and woman who happened upon the attack.

About the same time, on 50th Street and Hazel Avenue in West Philadelphia, Raphael Calhoun, 30, used his brother's .45 handgun to shoot his 19-year-old neighbor in the arm during a fight, police said.

Then in Point Breeze, shortly after midnight yesterday, a gunman shot an unidentified 18-year-old in the back near 23rd and Reed streets, police said. The man was taken to HUP and was listed in critical condition yesterday.

At about 2:15 a.m., two rival groups began shooting at one another on Osage Avenue near 55th. A 26-year-old corrections officer was caught in the crossfire and struck in the buttocks, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. A 19-year-old was shot in the leg. Both men were taken to HUP and were listed in stable condition. Neither man was identified.

Then, at 3:10 a.m. police said they received word of a man lying on the pavement next to his bicycle on Nevada Street near 31st in Strawberry Mansion.

The final violent incident of the pre-dawn hours occurred in Hunting Park. Police said Jamar Downing, 24, shot a 22-year-old man in the chest on Rorer Street near Louden at 3:20 a.m. The unidentified man was in critical condition at Temple University Hospital.

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