Philly records 5 homicides since Saturday

May 14, 2008 11:31:52 AM PDT
Philadelphia Police are trying to stem the bloodshed in the wake of a violent Sunday that saw five people killed. The deadly violence began at 1:45 Sunday morning at a bar in Logan, and finally came to an end on a Frankford street corner at 5:49 yesterday evening with the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old. In addition to the five dead, 14 other Philadelphians were shot.

"I got to the hospital and they said he got shot in his heart. He died on the scene."

Tanya Leslie grieved with relatives today over the loss of her 15-year-old son Khalif, who was gunned down Sunday afternoon at Amber and Cambria Streets. Khalif Leslie was one of five Philadelphia murder victims this weekend... all killed on Sunday - four on them gunshot victims.

There have been 19 murders over the last 3 weekends. That is still more than 22-percent below last year's pace, bringing the toll to 101 so far in 2008, compared to 130 during the same period last year.

Mayor Michael Nutter addressed the rash in violence by saying, "Many of these are people who know each other, who have a particular beef with somebody. And, you know, we're not stationing officers next to every Philadelphian."

Police were looking for Brandon Brown and Kiaeen Smith in connection with a Sunday murder at the West Park Housing Project in Busti Street in West Philadelphia. Smith turned himself into authorities late Monday afternoon.

Police have arrested 26-year-old Nicole Wilson, charged her with the bludgeoning death of a 60-year-old man on North Broad Street in Logan early Sunday morning.

Police have not named a suspect in the killing of 15-year-old Khalif Leslie, but there were plenty of witnesses who saw the gunman and police says someone must know him by name.

Police say a number of these shootings stem from booze-induced arguments. Mayor Nutter is promising more aggressive tactics in the weeks ahead as the weather continues to warm up.