STRAWBERRY MANSION – May 25, 2012 – Philadelphia Police say a teenage gunman
was acting alone when he fired into a graduation party in Strawberry Mansion late Thurs-
day afternoon, leaving two 13-year-old girls seriously injured. 17-year-old Radeem Corley
of the 1700 block of Wallace Street in Philadelphia is charged with 2 counts of attempted
murder, aggravated and simple assault, weapons violations and other offenses. Police in-
itially thought Corley was involved in a gun battle with another suspect or suspects. They
now say he was acting alone, though the motive for the shooting remains unknown.
STRAWBERRY MANSION – May 24, 2012 – Two 13-year-old girls were caught in the cross-
fire in Strawberry Mansion and a 17-year-old male is in custody, police say. Three simple
words, “Stop, Shooting People”; the signs are posted throughout the 2500 block of North
Myrtlewood Street in North Philadelphia. They were signs that were ignored by the men
who opened fire in that neighborhood hitting two 13 year old girls Thursday night. “I think
it’s a shame,” said one neighbor. “I think it’s really a shame that these kids can’t play in
their own damn neighborhood. It’s like horrible.” Around 6:00 p.m., investigators say
there was some type of prom or graduation party on the street when two men started shoot-
ing at another man. It is unclear if any of the men involved in the shoot out were at the party.
The young victims were playing on the block when they were struck. Chopper 6 was over-
head as officers rushed them to Temple University Hospital in their patrol car. Police say
bullet fragments hit one girl in the head, chest and stomach. The other girl, who is a twin,
was shot in the eye. “I speak to her every day. She’s a good child. She goes to school, and stays
out of trouble. She was out here playing around, and unfortunately this stuff happens every
day in the neighborhood. Every day,” said the victim’s cousin, who decline to be identified.
Investigators say it appears the gunmen were chasing their target because the shots contin-
ued around the block on Huntingdon Street where police found a dozen more shell casings.
“You got two thugs shooting at each other. This block was loaded with children and residents
at the time,” said Commissioner Charles Ramsey. Police believe the shooting was payback
for another shooting that happened on the block two days before. One gunman, a 17 year old,
is in custody, and police are questioning the second man. “We will do everything we possibly
can but what we really need is the community to get information. I mean these guys aren’t
coming from mars doing this crap, they all live around here,” said Commissioner Ramsey.