Bullet hits unmarked PD cruiser
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 AM
An unmarked Philadelphia police cruiser was struck by a single bullet in one of three separate shootings reported during the past week.
There have been 10 shootings reported in Philadelphia since the start of summer.
Drug Enforcement Officer Tavaras Smith was not injured when a bullet struck the back passenger side of his vehicle about 10 p.m. on Sept. 24 while he was in pursuit of a vehicle after trying to make a traffic stop, Investigator Fredesz Moore said.
"He was rounding a corner when shots were fired and his vehicle was struck in the back passenger side once by an unknown caliber round," Moore said. "He was not injured."
Smith stopped his police unit to investigate the shooting and the vehicle he was chasing got away, Moore added.
The shots came from a third person outside the chase.
"We are trying to locate where the shots were fired," he said.
Authorities would not release any other details in connection with the case but noted that several leads were being investigated.
The second shooting occurred Thursday at 9 p.m. when a house on Adams Street was struck once by an unknown caliber, Moore said.
The owner was inside when a single stray round entered the house into a bedroom, he said.
No one was injured.
"Someone was shooting at someone else," Moore said. "We're trying to run down who was shooting at who."
The latest shooting occurred about 8 a.m. Monday when a man was unloading a ladder at the intersection of Mrytle Street and Church Avenue and heard something hit his truck in the vicinity of the dental office of Dr. Rudy Posey.
"He heard something hit the top of his truck and found a single bullet hole," Moore said.
"It looks like a wild shot from somewhere else," Moore said.
No one was injured.
There have been 10 shooting incidents to occur in the city since the start of summer.
Robert Yarbrough, 37, of 256 Adams St., was struck once in the right bicep by an unknown caliber while he was trying to enter his home on Sept. 20.
Yarbrough was carried to Neshoba County General Hospital and later to a Meridian area hospital, Moore said, noting that authorities believe he was a target.
On Aug. 7, Joshua Henley, 23, of 10792 Road 410, was charged with aggravated assault in a Columbus Avenue shooting which occurred near the Woodland Hills Drive intersection, police said.
Dennis Miller, 36, of Philadelphia, was airlifted to the University Medical Center in Jackson after being shot four times, twice in the chest and once in the arm and leg, in the incident at about 9:40 p.m. outside of a residence that formerly was an animal clinic and later a daycare center.
Sutanga Cypress, 31, of 461 Myrtle St., was charged with aggravated assault in connection with a July 8 shooting of Clara Triplett at the east Myrtle home he shared with friend Red McCarty, Cox said.
A single 7.62-caliber casing from an AK-47 rifle was found at the scene, Cox said.
A June 30 shooting outside a popular nightspot on Atkins Street in northwest Philadelphia drew outrage from members of a neighboring church over what they say is an ongoing problem with violence and alcohol consumption.
Elijah Foster, 19, of 1510 Garland Ave., Detroit, Mich., was charged with two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the shooting.
Ken Thomas, 21, of 250 Adams St., was charged with simple assault and possession of a stolen firearm.
The shooting occurred about 3 a.m. outside of the nightspot known as Curlee's.
Marquai Finley, 23, and Jonathan Leach, 23, both of Philadelphia, were talking to a friend outside of Curlee's when a shooter walked up and fired, striking both men in the stomach, the authorities said.
Another shooting occurred on east Myrtle Street on June 16.
Randy Moncrief, 32, of 723 Fox Ave., was charged with aggravated assault in connection with the shooting of David McCarty and Mason Lewis outside the residence early that morning.
Both were shot while walking to McCarty's home on Myrtle Street at about 2:30 a.m.
Lewis was struck in his right leg and treated and later released from Neshoba County General Hospital.
McCarty was struck in his left ankle and was taken to a Meridian hospital.
The shots were fired from the side of a house, the authorities said.