According to a shocking report from Fox 29 Philadelphia, a man was riddled by more than 70 bullets while simply sitting on his porch. The victim was 25-year-old Dhalsim Jackson-Maye.
Police say that while shell casings were found on the porch, indicating that either Dhalsim fought back or one of the killers walked up onto the porch to finish him off, no firearm was found. Fox News Digital, adding a few extra details on the shooting, said:
The shooting happened just before midnight in the 3400 block of North 16 Street in the city’s Tioga neighborhood, Philadelphia police said.
Officers responding to a report of a person with a gun found the 25-year-old victim with multiple gunshot wounds to his body. The victim, later identified as Dhalsim Jackson-Mayes, was rushed to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.
Given the nature of the crime- a drive-by type shooting with a large amount of lead unloaded – it seems likely that the shooting was related to crime in the decaying city, though what Dhalsim’s connection to crime in the city was has so far gone unreported.
Sadly, shootings such as this one are not a rarity for the city of Philadelphia, As of Sunday, police statistics show there have been a whopping 84 homicides in the city so far this year. While that is down 17% compared to last year’s 101 homicides so far, it’s still quite high for the mid-size city. Overall, there were 516 reported homicides in 2022.
Similarly, citywide shooting incidents are both down year-to-date but still hight. There have been 571 shootings as of Sunday and a total of 294 shooting victims. Both of those statistics are down about 25% during the same time from the shootings and shooting victims in 2022, according to the public data.
That happened at about 11:15 pm, when the 71-year-old man, Henry Joel, went to North Philadelphia to pick up Chinese takeout. Two armed men then appeared and announced that it was a robbery and he was being held up. Instead of just handing over his cash, he drew his revolver and exchanged fire with the two robbers.
They fired back, firing at least two shots, according to Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. One of those shots hit the man in the ankle. He was then taken to Temple University Hospital.
Chief Inspector Small also said, “We do know that the 71-year-old victim fired multiple shots. Unknown at this time if he struck any of these two perpetrators, but we’re checking area hospitals at this time.”
Commenting on why he was carrying his pistol to ABC 6, he said “At night, I would keep my hand on my pistol in my pocket in case I have to pull it out. It finally came to reality that I had to use it.”
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