Gun-toting revelers have little to celebrate


Two North­east res­id­ents were among nine men ar­res­ted by Phil­adelphia po­lice at the start of the New Year for cel­eb­rat­ory shoot­ing.

Robert Green, 25, of the 4600 block of Tol­but St. in Up­per Holmes­burg, and Nar­im­an Akh­mer­ov, 38, of the 10000 block of Bridle Road in Somer­ton, each spent Jan. 1 be­hind bars, po­lice said. Both were charged with vi­ol­at­ing Pennsylvania’s Uni­form Fire­arms Act, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and re­lated of­fenses.

The clock had just struck mid­night for the New Year when po­lice in Kens­ing­ton al­legedly saw Green ex­it­ing a res­id­ence on the 500 block of E. Corn­wall St. and fir­ing a black hand­gun in­to the air. He was ar­res­ted on the spot at 12:01 a.m.

Akh­mer­ov was still cel­eb­rat­ing al­most two hours later, at 1:57 a.m., in his second floor apart­ment when po­lice al­legedly saw his arm emerge from a second floor hold­ing a hand­gun. The sus­pect fired shots in­to the air, po­lice said, and was ar­res­ted at the scene on the same charges as Green.

Po­lice ar­res­ted sev­en oth­er men in con­nec­tion with sim­il­ar in­cid­ents else­where in the city. ••


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