Two slain, two wounded in 24 hours of vi­o­lence

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By the Times Staff

CH­ESTER » Two men were killed and two oth­ers wounded, one gravely, fol­low­ing three sep­a­rate in­ci­dents of gun vi­o­lence in less than 24 hours in the city.

In ad­di­tion, shortly be­fore 5 p.m. Thurs­day, de­tec­tives were en route to the area of Sun­ny­side Av­enue and Wor­rell Street for a re­port of a shoot­ing. A male vic­tim was taken to Croz­erCh­ester Med­i­cal Cen­ter where he was listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, po­lice said.

No ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion was im­me­di­ately avail­able.

A gun­fight be­tween two men Wed­nes­day night left both vic­tims dead and in­ves­ti­ga­tors look­ing for a mo­tive, Po­lice Chief James Nolan IV said ear­lier Thurs­day. The vic­tims in that in­ci­dent were iden­ti­fied as Robert Roberts, 47, and Ka­neef Dennis, 23, both of Ch­ester.

“We are still wait­ing for bal­lis­tics, but it ap­pears one of the men was the ag­gres­sor and pulled out a gun, and the other guy pulled out a gun and they had a shootout,” Nolan said. “We are still look­ing for a mo­tive.”

Roberts and Dennis bring the homi­cide toll to 33 for Delaware County and 26 for Ch­ester. Last year, the city’s homi­cide toll was 27.

Ac­cord­ing to a Ch­ester Po­lice De­part­ment re­lease, of­fi­cers were on rou­tine pa­trol in the area of Ninth Street and High­land Av­enue when they heard gun­fire close by, about 7:15 p.m. Wed­nes­day. As of­fi­cers ap­proached the area of Ninth and Grace streets about a block away, they saw a flee­ing red Pon­tiac and a man later iden­ti­fied as Roberts, ly­ing in the street. Roberts was pro­nounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Po­lice later learned a sec­ond gun­shot vic­tim had been taken to Crozer, ar­riv­ing in the red Pon­tiac. That vic­tim, iden­ti­fied as Dennis, had been shot mul­ti­ple times, in­clud­ing in his chest. Dennis was pro­nounced dead at the hos­pi­tal.

In an ear­lier in­ci­dent Wed­nes­day, po­lice say they were dis­patched to the area of the 1000 block of McDow­ell Av­enue for the re­port of a gun­shot vic­tim, shortly be­fore 5 p.m.

Upon ar­rival, of­fi­cers ob­served a man sit­ting on the pave­ment in front of a home in the 1000 block of McDow­ell Av­enue. The man, iden­ti­fied as 43-yearold Chad Ham­mond, ap­peared to have been shot in his left leg. Paramedics trans­ported the man to Crozer where he was treated for his in­juries and re­leased, ac­cord­ing to Nolan.

Again, po­lice do not yet know a mo­tive for the shoot­ing.

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing the dou­ble-fatal shoot­ing is urged to con­tact Ch­ester De­tec­tive Joseph McFate at 610447-8428 or by e-mail @ jm­c­fate234@chester­po­lice.org or county De­tec­tive Michael Jay at 610-891-4711.

In the sec­ond shoot­ing in­ci­dent, any­one with any in­for­ma­tion is urged to con­tact city De­tec­tive Ben­jamin Thomas at 610-4478426 or by e-mail @ bthomas306@chester­po­lice.org.

RICK KAUFFMAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ch­ester Po­lice Chief James Nolan speaks with re­porters on Thurs­day af­ter­noon af­ter a shoot­ing near Sun­ny­side Av­enue and Wor­rell Street.

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