Archive for Saturday, December 30, 2000

Grisly details emerge on Philly shootings

December 30, 2000

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— Seven people killed in a run-down row house had been lined up on the dining room floor and shot by four masked intruders, police said Friday.

Six men and one woman were killed Thursday night. Three other people were wounded, and two remained hospitalized Friday.

"We know that a robbery occurred inside, but it would seem to me that you don't slaughter 10 people for a few bucks," Capt. James Brady said. "So I think there's a deeper motive involved than a single, straight-up robbery."

Police said two of the victims had recently begun selling drugs, and a small amount of crack cocaine was found in the house, situated in a crime-ridden neighborhood amid homes with boarded-up windows, fallen awnings and overgrown lawns littered with fallen bricks. It is not far from a school.

"Every house on this street is abandoned. They should knock them down and give the neighbors support," said Steve Hawkins, a community activist.

Police in Philadelphia said the victims ranged in age from 15 to 44, with one still to be identified.

"The same scenario is played out every day Crack house, school. Crack house, church. Crack house, neighborhood," said Malik Aziz of the community organization Philadelphia Making a Difference Against Guns, Drugs and Violence.

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