Monday, June 27, 2011

Ramsey Worried About More Shootings

After a weekend with 5 people killed and 32 wounded in shootings, Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey is worried more shots may be fired.
In all, there were nine incidents involving gun fire, including shootings at a bar and a city rec center.
One gunman at the top of the police department's list of suspects is a man caught on tape after opening fire on a bar crowd in Nicetown.
"This was just a blatant disregard for human life. He could have shot and killed eleven people," Ramsay said. "They were all patrons inside, laughing , joking , dancing just having a really good time and this is tragic that this individual just fires randomly into the bar. "
The bar shooting came on top of another spree shooting near a rec center at 33rd and Diamond. An earlier fight ended in a brawl and subsequent shooting that left one man dead and three girls, ages 5, 10 and 15 wounded.
Ramsey's now concerned about retaliation shootings. He took the occasion to address criticism of the city's stop and frisk policy, which resulted in an out of court settlement that will have police stops more closely monitored.
"You have to take a look at what's going on in many of our communities. Its a very serious problem we have to address."
With families mourning and multiple gun shot victims recovering across the city, Ramsey and Mayor Michael Nutter asked for the public's help on Monday.
The commissioner is putting on the full court press to apprehend these shooting and murder suspects.
Ramsey and Nutter are working on a new crime plan and some new tactics. We could hear about that plan fairly soon.

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