When I saw the story below on the news the other night I was infuriated. The local news talking heads blathered about the tragedy, the mother portrayed the grieving parent and the police that were interviewed said how sad the story was. I drive by 37th and Wallace Street every damn day. This death occurred one block form the infamous Mantua Square low income housing townhouse estates with gates. Mantua is one of Obama’s PROMISE ZONES. Do you think more of your tax dollars dumped into this culture of entitlement, ignorance and violence will change these people?
My reaction to the story was sadness for the little girl and outrage and anger towards the mother and her unidentified “male friend”. What kind of ignorant animal brings a loaded 357 Magnum with an 8 inch barrel into a house with four children under the age of 14? This pitiful excuse for a human being then leaves the gun on the refrigerator. How can a mother allow a person like this into her house? How can she allow him to leave this loaded gun? This is the fucking gun Clint Eastwood used to blow perps away in the Dirty Harry movies.
How could an adult allow this loaded weapon in a house full of children? The mother and the scumbag who left the gun are solely responsible for this death. It isn’t some tragic mistake. It is due to the reckless disregard for human life by two adults. They should go to prison for their actions. Not in good old liberal Philadelphia. No one will be held accountable. Maybe tougher gun laws will save the day. I’m sure the scumbag registered this weapon properly and had all of his paperwork in order. My disgust and contempt for the people of West Philly grows exponentially by the day. I’m sure this won’t happen once Obama works his Promise Zone magic.
Girl, 11, fatally shot in West Phila. house
By Maria Panaritis and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
An 11-year-old girl was shot and killed, evidently accidentally by her 2-year-old sibling, after one of the girl’s siblings found a loaded gun left atop a refrigerator in a house on the 3800 block of Wallace Street in Philadelphia on Saturday, police said.The girl was struck in the right shoulder at 9:53 a.m., the bullet tearing through her chest so badly that efforts at emergency surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia could not keep her alive, said Lt. John Walker.
A male friend of the victim’s mother had left the gun in the house, police said.
Police found the girl in her mother’s arms when they arrived, a scene Walker described as highly emotional.
Police placed the girl in the back of a squad car and raced her to nearby Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, only for her to be pronounced dead there within minutes, at 10:29, Walker said.
No charges were immediately filed, and it was unclear who, other than the four children, was home at the time of the shooting, Walker said. All four siblings appeared to have been in the second-floor bedroom when the gun, a .357-caliber handgun now in police custody, went off in the 2-year-old’s hands.
Walker said police still were trying to ascertain which of the siblings – who ranged in age from 2 to 14 years old – had found the weapon, carried it up the stairs, and taken it into the room where the 11-year-old was playing on a sunny start to a spring weekend.
The children were “distraught,” the lieutenant said.
Walker said police were trying to respect the mother’s grief while also questioning her.
“Mom is extremely distraught,” he said. “These are just horrible situations.”
Walker said that police were “not even at that point” of considering criminal charges and that investigators would consult with the District Attorney’s Office.
He said detectives would conduct a fresh examination of the weapon – a handgun with an 8-inch barrel – and work their way back from there, he said. Police were investigating whether the weapon was legally registered and if so, to whom.
“The mom is in a really tough state of mind,” Walker said. She called 911, but Walker said he did not know if she was inside when the gun was fired.
The dead child, whose identity was not being disclosed, had lived with her family for years in the house in the city’s Mantua section, near the campuses of Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, said one neighbor, Alice Freeman, who said she had lived on the 3800 block of Wallace for more than two decades.
Some time during the morning, according to police, the child’s mother was home and welcomed a visitor – a male friend of the family’s.
“A gun was placed on top of a refrigerator inside of the house . . . by this male,” Walker said. When the man left, the gun was left behind.
On Saturday morning, one of the children found the handgun and took it up the steps to a second-floor bedroom.
“It’s a tragedy. It’s a sad thing,” said Maxine Seward, 59, a neighbor. “I don’t know what to say. It’s just a sad thing. A child is gone.”
Inquirer staff writer Andrew Maykuth contributed to this article.