Sunday, May 02, 2010

Where's Nutter?

KYW3 has a story which includes text:

Lt. Frank Vanore of the Philadelphia Police tells Eyewitness News that the gunfire was the result of an argument between officers and three individuals on the 1800 block of Hoffman Street at about 6:30 p.m.

A 20-year-old male was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was later pronounced dead.

In the videoclip on May 2, the weapon of the deceased might appear to be a vividly colored water gun, and one of the KYW3 interviewees is asking "where's Nutter"?

Also, from KYW, text which also was on the videoclip:

This woman, Nene Burgess, is Williams' cousin:

"I mean you look down there you can see it's a water gun... it's a water gun... that's what's laying down there by where that body or where they picked him up from... it's a water gun."

An eerie (potential) connection to the season finale of "Cold Case" on May 2.

**Followup. NBC Philly channel 10 has some further information on the story:

Family members say an off-duty Philadelphia police officer shot and killed their relative over a water gun fight Sunday evening [2 May 2010] in South Philadelphia.

"He got mad, came out and pulled his gun, and was like, move, move, move, and shot him twice," said Leflecia Walker, the victim's cousin.

In all, three people were shot -- two men and one woman. Howard Williams, 23, was shot in the chest and died at the hospital.

"He was on his block with his family just having a water fight, doin' nothing,"

The officer and Williams knew each other and had a history, according to relatives, because the off-duty officer used to date Williams' sister.

The way witnesses tell the story, the off-duty officer comes to the neighborhood often on the weekends to pick up and drop off his son. On Sunday, they say the off-duty officer was there with his current girlfriend, who got wet during the water fight. Sources tell NBC10 that she allegedly got into an altercation first with people on the block and that's when the off-duty officer got out of his car and allegedly started shooting.

Of the coloration of the water gun, obvious in the KYW videoclip, foxnews had a quote:

"It don't make sense. I mean, all these cops out here. I mean, it's a water pistol. I mean, you're going to kill somebody over a water pistol? I mean, it doesn't make sense. It's not like it's one of them pellet guns. Them pellet guns shoot them hard pellets. They look like real guns. If you look down there at that yellow and blue water gun, you could tell it's a water gun," said the victim's cousin, Nene Burgess.

One notes that the age of the victim Williams is reported differently in different news sources. The Philly Inquirer said he was 22:

When it was over, one man - identified by neighbors as Howard Williams, 22 - was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead. A 26-year-old woman was taken to HUP with a gunshot wound to a leg. An 18-year-old man was grazed by a bullet and treated at HUP, Vanore said.

The Inquirer also stated:

An off-duty Philadelphia police officer allegedly shot and killed a man and wounded two other people in South Philadelphia on Sunday night after what witnesses said was an argument over a playful water battle.

IPBiz notes the temperature in Philly was quite warm on May 2, easily over 85F, and water gun fights might have been expected.


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