Frankford shooting victims give little info

Not even a swarm of po­lice stopped gun­men from try­ing to settle a dis­pute with a hail of gun­fire on the streets of Frank­ford early last Thursday in a scene that has be­come in­creas­ingly fa­mil­i­ar to neigh­bor­hood res­id­ents this month.

De­tect­ives be­lieve that a pair of non­fatal shoot­ings that oc­curred about three blocks and mere minutes apart are con­nec­ted to a com­mon dis­pute, al­though they have been get­ting few if any de­tails about the in­cid­ents from two wounded men. Spe­cif­ic motives are not known.

Gun­fire first erup­ted at about 12:10 a.m. near the in­ter­sec­tion of Dar­rah and Fill­more streets, said Lt. Den­nis Rosen­baum of North­east De­tect­ives. A short time later, a 22-year-old man showed up at the emer­gency room of Aria Health-Frank­ford with a wound of the right hip. He was treated and re­leased. A po­lice com­mand­er at the crime scene re­portedly told the news me­dia that some 15 empty shell cas­ings from mul­tiple guns were found on the ground nearby.

As many po­lice were still guard­ing and in­vest­ig­at­ing that scene, more shots rang out at 12:41 a.m. near Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Mar­garet Street, Rosen­baum said. Po­lice rushed to that scene and found a 20-year-old man suf­fer­ing from a wound of the thigh. He was taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale and lis­ted in stable con­di­tion.

The 20-year-old was ini­tially un­co­oper­at­ive with in­vest­ig­at­ors while the 22-year-old said he didn’t see who shot him, Rosen­baum said. There have been no ar­rests.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports and the Gun Crisis Re­port­ing Pro­ject, there have been at least three oth­er shoot­ings — in­clud­ing two that were fatal — in Frank­ford this month. On June 3 near Ak­ron and Pratt streets, one 25-year-old man was shot fatally and an­oth­er 25-year-old wounded in the leg by a vol­ley of shots fired at about 9:45 p.m. Sur­veil­lance equip­ment re­cor­ded two men flee­ing the area west­bound on Bridge Street. There have been no ar­rests.

On June 6, po­lice were called to the 5000 block of Dar­rah St. at 11:46 p.m. and found Ter­rell Purdy-Blue, 25, of Yeadon, on the ground with nu­mer­ous gun­shot wounds of the chest, back, arm and legs. He was pro­nounced dead at Aria Health-Tor­res­dale at 12:15 a.m. Po­lice re­portedly found 15 spent shell cas­ings at the scene. There have been no ar­rests.

On June 8 at about 12:15 a.m., a 20-year-old man was wounded mul­tiple times in the legs in a shoot­ing near Bridge and Charles streets. He was hos­pit­al­ized at Aria Health-Tor­res­dale. No ar­rests have been made.

In ad­di­tion, an omin­ous gun-re­lated in­cid­ent oc­curred on Ju­ly 7 at a charter school at Har­bison Av­en­ue and Jack­son Street in Wissi­nom­ing. Ac­cord­ing to Rosen­baum, a work­er was in­side the Wal­ter D. Palmer Lead­er­ship and Learn­ing Part­ners Charter School, which is closed for the sum­mer and un­der renov­a­tion, when he dis­covered a loaded “ma­chine pis­tol” in­side a stu­dent lock­er.

School of­fi­cials told de­tect­ives that the lock­er in ques­tion was not as­signed to a stu­dent last aca­dem­ic year, which con­cluded on June 25. Po­lice are tra­cing the weapon’s own­er­ship his­tory and per­form­ing forensics tests. The res­ults are pending. ••

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