Ch­ester man busted for shootout at Spring­field Mall

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Rose Quinn rquinn@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com

SPRING­FIELD >> A Ch­ester man has been charged in con­nec­tion with his in­volve­ment in an ar­gu­ment that be­gan in the Spring­field Mall and ended with gun­fire in the mall’s park­ing lot last month.

Wa­heed N. Jenk­ins, 31, was pre­lim­i­nar­ily ar­raigned Fri­day morn­ing on charges of pos­ses­sion of a firearm pro­hib­ited, firearms not to be car­ried with­out a li­cense, re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, pos­ses­sion of an in­stru­ment of crime, pos­ses­sion of a weapon and four counts of reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing an­other per­son, ac­cord­ing to on­line court records.

Town­ship Po­lice Chief Joseph Daly said Fri­day night that Jenk­ins, who was iden­ti­fied as one of the sus­pected gun­men the day of the in­ci­dent on Oct. 20, sur­ren­dered on the charges ear­lier in the day. He was ac­com­pa­nied by his at­tor­ney, Mark Much, the chief said.

“We have half. Now we are look­ing for the sec­ond gun­man,” Daly said Fri­day night, not­ing that in­ves­ti­ga­tors have no sus­pects as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.

It was about 1 p.m. on Oct. 20 when po­lice re­sponded to mall on Bal­ti­more Pike af­ter re­ceiv­ing re­ports of an ac­tive shooter. Ar­riv­ing of­fi­cers found ve­hi­cles with bul­lets holes and shat­tered win­dows, and shell cas­ings scat­tered about the area.

Those in­volved in the al­ter­ca­tion were gone by the time po­lice ar­rived.

At the time, po­lice said the in­ci­dent ap­par­ently started with an ar­gu­ment be­tween two small groups of peo­ple in­side the mall – one on the up­per level, one on the lower level. The ar­gu­ment be­came phys­i­cal near the Macy’s end of the mall, spilling out into the park­ing lot near the Ulta store where the gun­fire erupted.

No in­juries oc­curred but four ve­hi­cles were pierced by bul­lets or had glass bro­ken.

“There were two ri­val gangs from hous­ing projects in Ch­ester who hap­pened to be at the mall at the same time. There was jaw­ing back and forth,” Daly said Fri­day, elab­o­rat­ing on the sus­pected mo­tive.

While Daly lauded the ef­forts of lead town­ship po­lice de­tec­tives Daniel McNeely and Robert Nut­ley, he called the in­ves­ti­ga­tion a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort with the Delaware County Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Divi­sion and Ch­ester po­lice.

In ad­di­tion, Daly said, “We had a num­ber of wit­nesses come for­ward.”

Ac­cord­ing to Daly, de­tec­tives ex­e­cuted sev­eral search warrants as part of the ex­haus­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in­clud­ing a ve­hi­cle reg­is­tered to a rel­a­tive of Jenk­ins.

“It had a hid­den com­part­ment. We X-rayed it and found it,” Daly said, re­fer­ring to a firearm.

Jenk­ins was re­manded to the county prison in lieu of post­ing bail, which was set at 10 per­cent of $500,000. A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing is listed for Nov. 29 be­fore Mag­is­te­rial District Judge An­drea B. Pup­pio.

An at­tempt to reach Much for com­ment af­ter busi­ness hours Fri­day was un­suc­cess­ful.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Po­lice rushed to shoot­ing scene at the Spring­field Mall on Oct. 20.

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