Bang. Bang. Bang. Pop. Pop. Pop.
I bet you thought this would be a post about the sound of seagulls at the shore. Nope. This is the Burning Platform where we deal with the reality of our downward spiral into the abyss. While you were enjoying your weekend puttering around the house or tending to your garden, the ignorant masses were killing each other all over the City of Philadelphia.
There is a total disregard for human life in the City of Philadelphia. I actually think it might be safer walking the streets of Bahgdad. The summer has just begun. Sorry to be politically incorrect (not really), but I can absolutely fucking guarantee you that every person gunned down was black and every shooter was black. What’s the point?
It seems to me that we’ve reached a boiling point and this sucker is about to explode.
Philadelphia’s New Flag
32 people shot in 3 days of Philly violence
It was a weekend of violence and mayhem – brutal even by Philadelphia standards. From Friday through Sunday, 32 people were wounded, six fatally, in about 20 shootings across the city, police said, and a seventh person died in a stabbing.
Police had not yet determined if the 33 victims represented the worst three-day span of violence in the department’s recent history. But Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said the onslaught stood out as one of the worst in his 31/2-year Philadelphia tenure.
“I don’t know if we’ve ever had any more over a three-day period,” he said of the shootings during a news conference Monday at Police Headquarters. “This certainly ranks right at the top, if not the top. It shows just how violent it can become on the streets of our city.”
“We are lucky we did not have more homicides,” Ramsey said, referring to two shootings in which 10 people were injured and in which police recovered more than 20 shell casings.
Police released security footage of one of those shootings Monday, an altercation early Sunday at a Nicetown bar, startling in its randomness.
About 12:45, a man returned to the Genesis Bar a minute after he was thrown out by a bouncer for smoking. Angry over being tossed, police said, the patron retrieved a handgun from his car.
He opened fire from the doorway, striking six people in six seconds, police said. Among the victims was Carl Sharper, 43, of Germantown, a Water Department employee who happened to be enjoying a few beers with a cousin, according to his family. He was shot once in the head and died at the scene, police said.
The footage shows the shooter arriving alone at the crowded bar about 11:30 p.m.
He sat alone at the corner of the bar and drank five or six beers, Homicide Capt. James Clark said. He became unruly and lit a cigarette. A bouncer can be seen grabbing him from behind and pushing him out the door.
The man can be seen jumping up and down in the street and yelling at the bouncer. He returns a minute later and fires through a glass door.
The victims were all patrons, Clark said.
“They were just inside laughing, joking, and just having a good time,” he said. “This shooter had a blatant disregard for human life. He could have killed 11 people.”
A 33-year-old man was shot twice in the back and a 44-year-old woman was shot twice in the stomach. Both were in critical condition Monday.
Sharper’s family gathered Monday on the porch of his parents’ home on the 200 block of Queen Lane, the same block where Sharper lived with his fiancée.
The family immigrated to the United States from Guyana when Sharper was 3, said his father, Simon.
Relatives described Carl Sharper as hardworking, respectful, and a loyal friend.
“When I think of his kindness and his beautifulness as a son, it becomes too much,” said Simon Sharper, sitting near his wife, Prudence.
Sharper and Drexie Charles were to be married in August. Charles said she had spoken to him by phone not long before the attack. He told her he was having a few beers and then would come home.
“I still am in shock,” Charles said. “I keep waiting for someone to tell me it was a mistake – to see him coming walking down the street.”
Police asked for the public’s help in reviewing the footage and identifying the shooter.
“We have witnesses,” Clark said. “We just need a name and we should be able to arrest this individual and bring him to justice.”
Police were also searching for five teenagers involved in a Sunday night shooting outside a Strawberry Mansion recreation center. Nyeme Taylor, 30, was killed and three others injured, including a 6-year-old girl who was shot twice in the face. She was in critical condition Monday.
“It was a savage thing to do,” Ramsey said of the shooting.
Also killed in four shootings, spread out over the weekend and the city, were Edwin Smith, 21; Edward Scarborough, 23; Duane Isaacs, 48; and Raymond Butts, 22. A 19-year-old man has been arrested in Smith’s death.
Rodney Seabrook, 58, of North Philadelphia, died after being stabbed in the chest Friday morning, police said.
“There are people out there who know exactly who the people are responsible for these crimes,” Ramsey said. “Those people need to speak up.”