Mayfair man allegedly shoots cousin

Wil­li­am Damm

Phil­adelphia po­lice ar­res­ted a May­fair man on Sat­urday for al­legedly shoot­ing his neigh­bor, who also hap­pens to be the man’s cous­in and a re­puted lead­er of an out­law mo­tor­cycle gang.

Gun­fire erup­ted at about 8:15 p.m. on the 3200 block of Friend­ship St. Of­ficers ar­rived there to find a 31-year-old man with mul­tiple gun­shot wounds, in­clud­ing a ser­i­ous wound of the face. He was taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale in crit­ic­al con­di­tion, then trans­ferred by heli­copter to Thomas Jef­fer­son Uni­versity Hos­pit­al.

After speak­ing with wit­nesses at the scene, po­lice iden­ti­fied Wil­li­am Damm, 44, as the shoot­er, ar­res­ted him and con­fis­cated his gun.

Ac­cord­ing to an art­icle pub­lished Monday by the Phil­adelphia Daily News, which cited un­named po­lice and oth­er sources, the wounded man is Mi­chael “Brick” Lane, who leads the North­east Philly chapter of the Pa­gans Mo­tor­cycle Club. Po­lice found the in­jured Lane in­side Damm’s house, ac­cord­ing to the art­icle.

Mul­tiple sources told the pa­per that Damm be­lieved Lane was try­ing to break in­to Damm’s house pri­or to the shoot­ing. Po­lice have not com­men­ted of­fi­cially on the iden­tity of the wounded man, his pos­sible gang af­fil­i­ation or his al­leged activ­it­ies that night.

Damm is charged with ag­grav­ated as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and re­lated of­fenses. ••

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