‘Please help,’ Spring Garden residents tell city leaders after quintuple shooting that killed 2 men

After Wednesday night’s quintuple shooting at Roberto Clemente Playground in Spring Garden, a woman e-mailed City Council President Darrell Clarke and the mayor. “I am writing yet again, less than a month since my last email, to beg for help,” she wrote. “The situation on and around Wallace St. is escalating. 55 shots fired tonight. In a children’s playground.”



a man standing next to a fence: The basketball courts at Roberto Clemente Playground are chained closed on Thursday morning at 18th and Wallace in Spring Garden section of Philadelphia, September 17, 2020. This was the scene of a Wednesday night quintuple shooting that killed two people.


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The basketball courts at Roberto Clemente Playground are chained closed on Thursday morning at 18th and Wallace in Spring Garden section of Philadelphia, September 17, 2020. This was the scene of a Wednesday night quintuple shooting that killed two people.

It was the eighth shooting in Spring Garden this year. Three weeks ago, the woman had e-mailed Clarke after another Wallace Street incident.

“The expectation is we should be able to walk our streets without being shot,” she said Thursday, on the condition her name not be used for fear of retribution.

Wednesday night’s shooting on the 1800 block of Wallace was “what we were trying to avoid,” she said. “But we’re here now.”

Her concerns have been echoed by other residents in Spring Garden, a neighborhood with both economic and racial diversity, with gentrifying areas and blocks of deep poverty.

Gun violence has been a problem across Philadelphia this year. There have been 323 homicides in the city as of Wednesday night, a 32% increase from the same period last year, and more than the year-end homicide counts for almost every year from 2009 through 2017, according to police statistics.

There have been 1,475 shootings in the city as of Wednesday, a figure that exceeds the total year-end number of shootings from the last five years. From 2015 to 2017, there were about 1,250 shootings each year. In 2018, there were 1,401 shootings and 1,463 last year.

Kenney, in an e-mailed statement Thursday, said the city is “devastated” by a violent year, and “our hearts go out to the families of everyone affected by last night’s shooting.”

“We will continue to do everything we can do,” Clarke said in an interview, but one factor is an ongoing problem — “the availability of illegal weapons.”

In Wednesday’s shooting at the park’s basketball court, police responded about 8:10 p.m. to numerous 911 calls about gunfire. Two men, ages 18 and 21, had been fatally shot.

Surveillance video showed three assailants opening fire on a group of about 15 people, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Police found 55 spent shell casings from two separate caliber firearms, he said.

Officers found 21-year-old Khalid Henderson, of the 1600 block of Wallace Street, unresponsive on the court and carried him to a 9th District patrol car. Before they left for the hospital, medics arrived and pronounced him dead at 8:25 p.m. in the backseat.

Police said an 18-year-old man, with gunshot wounds to his torso, was pronounced dead about two hours later. He was identified as Jayden Lucas, of Oxford Circle.

Three other men, one 18 and two others

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Quadruple shooting on basketball court leaves 2 dead in Spring Garden: Police

An explosion of gunfire on the basketball court left two people dead and two others injured on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

A game of hoops ends in a deadly cascade of gunfire at a basketball court in the Spring Garden of section of Philadelphia Wednesday night.

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It happened around 8:18 p.m. on the 1800 block of Wallace Street at the Roberto Clemente Park in the city’s Spring Garden section.

Dozens of people were in the park and on the basketball court when police say roughly 55 gunshots rang out.

According to police, two men, Khalid Henderson, 21, and Jayden Lucas, 18, both died in the shooting.

“We have video that shows three males enter the playground from Wallace Street and target the deceased male. (They) chased him around the playground and shot him multiple times to his torso,” said Deputy Commissioner Melvin Singleton of the Philadelphia Police Department.

An 18-year-old man and a 19-year-old man also suffered gunshot wounds. Both men are hospitalized at this time; one is listed in stable condition, the other is listed in critical condition.

Pete Leonard who lives right across from the park says, “I thought I heard fireworks going off and that’s not really uncommon in this area. So I walked outside and a guy was walking past me and was like, ‘Yeah four people just got shot.'”

Police say at this point they have one man in custody who was fleeing in a Lexus with a gun. Two additional suspects are still being sought at this time.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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Quadruple shooting on Philadelphia basketball court leaves 2 dead: Police

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — An explosion of gunfire on the basketball court left two people dead and two others injured on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

It happened around 8:18 p.m. on the 1800 block of Wallace Street near the Clemente Recreation Center in the city’s Spring Garden section.

Dozens of people were in the park and on the basketball court when police say roughly 55 gunshots rang out.

Police tell Action News that two men, a 22-year-old and 18-year-old, both died in the shooting.

“We have video that shows three males enter the playground from Wallace Street and target the deceased male. (They) chased him around the playground and shot him multiple times to his torso,” said Deputy Commissioner Melvin Singleton of the Philadelphia Police Department.

Two other men also suffered gunshot wounds. Both men are hospitalized at this time, one is listed in stable condition, the other is listed in critical condition.

Pete Leonard who lives right across from the park says, “I thought I heard fireworks going off and that’s not really uncommon in this area. So I walked outside and a guy was walking past me and was like, ‘Yeah four people just got shot.'”

Police say at this point they have one man in custody who was fleeing in a Lexus with a gun. Two additional suspects are still being sought at this time.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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1 dead, 3 hurt after shooting near basketball court in Spring Garden: Police

Philadelphia police are investigating a deadly quadruple shooting near a basketball court on Wednesday night.

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It happened around 8:18 p.m. on the 1800 block of Wallace Street near the Clemente Recreation Center in the city’s Spring Garden section.

Police tell Action News that a 21-year-old victim died in the shooting.

Three other victims were also injured, including a 19-year-old man and a man in his 20s. Both men are listed in critical condition at an area hospital. A 19-year-old man is listed in stable condition after being shot in the leg.

The view from Chopper 6 shows a large police presence near the basketball court.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear.

Police say a 19-year-old male who was reportedly armed with a weapon was taken into custody. It’s unclear what charges he’s facing.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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One dead, two wounded in Far Rockaway garden apartment parking lot shooting

A 20-year-old man is dead, two other people are wounded after gunfire erupted in a parking lot of a Far Rockaway Queens garden apartment complex, police officials said.

Police were received a 911 call of people shot at 2 p.m. at 29-43B Far Rockaway Blvd. Police from the 101st Precinct arrived to find two of the three people wounded at the scene, including a 2o-year-old man hit in the abdomen and torso. EMS rushed him to St. John’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A 19-year-old man was taken to Jamaica with a gunshot wound to the left leg. A 20-year-old woman was found nearby, suffering a wound to her left ankle and leg. She was also taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

Police fanned out through the parking lot, filled with late-model cars and an old Ford pick-up truck that appears to have been sitting for a long time. On the fences and walls surrounding the property were graffiti tags with gang insignia, some residents say.

Detectives were questioning several residents, including family members of the people who were shot at the scene. Spent shells were sitting on the ground marked by orange cones, one on a vehicle, on the steps of the two-story garden apartment residence and in the weeds surrounding the parking lot.

Three people were shot in a parking lot of a Far Rockaway garden apartment complex this afternoon, leaving one man hanging on to life. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

The area had been quiet for some time, residents say, one man identified as Justin, said he has lived in a neighboring private home development and had not heard anything going on.

“I just don’t know why they have to shoot each other, it makes no sense,” he sighed. “What is going on in this city? Why must people keep shooting? I just don’t know what can be done.”

Another woman describing herself as a concerned resident said, “it’s been quiet over here – mostly families just trying to make a living. I don’t understand what could be happening here. It’s usually very quiet and nobody bothers each other.”

Anyone with information in regard to this shooting is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

Detectives question witnesses after 1 person was killed, 2 others wounded in Far Rockaway. (Photo by Todd Maisel)
Gang tags surround the garden apartment complex. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

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Suspect charged in drive-by shooting that killed man while he was cooking in his kitchen

A suspect was arrested Monday in connection with the shooting death of a Jefferson County man who was shot while he was cooking in his kitchen.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Brandon Thomas


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Dalen Eliase Gaines, a 23-year-old Sipsey man, was taken into custody in Walker County. He is charged with capital murder in the Aug. 26 slaying of Brandon Thomas.

The shooting happened at 12:08 a.m. that Wednesday in the 6500 block of Snowville-Brent Road in Dora. Jefferson County sheriff’s Sgt. Joni Money said multiple shots were fired while Thomas was cooking. A vehicle then sped away from the scene.



Anthony Thomas posing for the camera: Dalen Gaines


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Dalen Gaines

Thomas woke up other family members in the home and told them he’d been shot. He was then taken to Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper where he was pronounced dead at 1:22 a.m.

Money said sheriff’s investigators obtained the warrant against Gaines on Sept. 4. The suspect and the victim knew each other and hung out with the same group of friends. A motive has not been disclosed.

On Monday, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from a citizen that Gaines was at a location in west Jasper. Deputies and Jasper police took him into custody without incident.

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