Four killed in separate incidents

Shekinah Williams, 28, was arrested by police on Sunday. Williams was wanted for the murder of Clarice Douglas, who was killed on April 20 in the city’s Grays Ferry section. — MUG SHOT FROM THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT

Four people were killed and four others were wounded in a deadly weekend in Philadelphia that raised the city’s body count this year to 187.

The first shooting happened on June 22 just after 10 p.m. in the 1300 block of North 10th Street. According to Philadelphia Police Department spokesperson Officer Jillian Russell, officers responded to a report of gunfire in the vicinity. When they arrived at the scene, they found the victim lying on the ground bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head.

He has been identified as Kyle Hickson, an 18-year-old Black male from the same location. Hickson was pronounced dead at the scene by responding medics. As of Tribune press time, police have not determined a motive and no suspects are in custody.

In an unrelated murder investigation, on June 23 at 11:44 p.m. gunfire exploded again in the 600 block of North 38th Street. When responding officers arrived at the scene, they found another young Black man dying on the street.

He was identified as Kirk Artis, 26, from the 300 block of Holly Street. Artis had been fatally shot in the back by a still unidentified assailant. He was rushed to Penn Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead by physicians at 12:15 a.m. So far, the motive remains unknown and no suspects have been arrested.

Homicide detectives are reviewing surveillance footage to determine the identity of a man in a hoodie who stabbed another man to death at T-Barr’s Bar, located in the 2200 block of S. Eighth Street.

The victim has been identified as George J. Fox, a 44-year-old white male from the 1400 block of South Eighth Street. Officers from the Third Police District responded to a report of a stabbing at the bar at 1:16 a.m. When they arrived, they found Fox suffering from a stab wound to the torso. Fox was pronounced dead at the scene by responding medics. The motive was robbery and as of Tribune press time no arrests have been made.

Gunfire exploded again on June 24th, this time in the 3200 block of North Spangler Street in the 39th Police District.

At 1:18 a.m. officers responded to a report of shots being fired in the vicinity. When they arrived at the scene they found the victim, identified as Eric Johnson, on the street bleeding to death from multiple gunshot wounds. Johnson, a 31-year old Black male from the 2700 block of North 29th Street was pronounced dead at the scene. Three other gunshot victims were also wounded in the same incident.

A 39-year old male was shot in the ankle, a 19-year old male sustained a wound to the left hand and side and a 35-year old Black male was wounded by gunfire in the left leg. Investigators are still trying to determine a motive and no suspects are in custody yet.

In an unrelated murder investigation police, have arrested a young Black male wanted for the murder of a young mother who was sitting on her porch when she was caught in the crossfire.

Shekinah Williams was wanted for the murder of Clarice Douglas on April 20th in the 1500 block of Corlies Street in the city’s Grays Ferry section. Williams, 28, from the 2100 block of Sears Street, was apprehended by police in the 1600 block of South 16th Street. He was arrested without incident.

According to investigators, Clarice Douglas, 45, a mother of five, was standing on her front porch waiting for her children to come home from school when she was caught in the crossfire between two young Black males at 2:30 p.m. on April 20th. Law enforcement authorities immediately issued an arrest warrant for Williams. Investigators alleged that Williams was involved in a shootout with Hakeem Burley, 23, who was wounded in the exchange of gunfire that left Douglas dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

Williams and Burley are well known to local law enforcement. In 2000, Williams pleaded guilty to robbery, possessing an instrument of crime and criminal conspiracy, and was sentenced to four to eight years in prison. He was just 17-years old at the time. A few months before, he was arrested for aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, weapons offenses and simple assault. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to marijuana possession. At age 16, in 2004, Burley was arrested for robbery, burglary, weapons offenses, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats and related charges.

Williams was charged with murder and related offenses in the shooting of Douglas.  While waiting for further processing inside his cell at Police Headquarters Detention Unit, Williams hanged himself with his t-shirt and was pronounced at 3:05 a.m. Monday.

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