Arrest in constable shooting

April 24, 2008 3:52:04 PM PDT
A 21-year-old student has been arrested for shooting two people, including a constable, in Yeadon.

The shooting happened around 1:35 p.m. in Yeadon. A constable and an apartment manager were shot at 2200 block of Alfred Drive.

Police said they, along with a maintenance worker, were serving an eviction notice, but the resident refused to leave. The resident then pulled out a gun, according to investigators.

He shot the constable and the manager, but the gun jammed when he tried to shoot the worker. The suspect then fled.

The constable, Carmen "Skip" Damiani, was shot in the head and the manager, identified as Ted Hicks, was shot in the upper torso with a small-caliber handgun, Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux said. They were found in the living room and both were conscious when police arrived.

The victims were listed in guarded, but stable, condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, a hospital spokeswoman said.

"Fortunately, they are with their families, their comfortable and as I said, very grateful for, frankly, being alive at this hour," said Delaware Co. District Attorney Mike Green.

The suspect was identified as 21-year-old Tamarr Minor, a who claims to be a junior at Drexel University studying computer sciences. He was leasing the third-story apartment. He was arrested in Philadelphia about two hours after the shooting. Authorities believe they recovered the gun used in the shooting, Molineux said.

"There's no motive at this time, except for a very heated argument by the leasee who was told to leave the premises," Molineux said.

The shooting occurred at the Parkview Court apartments, a community with 960 units that has several evictions per week, according to police. The apartments rent for about $550 to $690 a month each, according to leasing information found online.

(Some information from The Associated Press.)