2 Men Charged With Murdering Teen in Playground Shooting

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    (L to R), Jaquan Jordan, 20, Stanley Postell, 18.

    Police announced charges on Monday against two men for the murder of a 17-year-old teen.

    On April 11, shortly after 3:30 p.m., a fight between a group of teenagers broke out at the Tustin Playground at N 60th Street and Lancaster Avenue. Witnesses say two people pulled out guns and started shooting.

    Bernard Scott, a 17-year-old student at Overbrook High School, was shot several times. Police say he was an innocent bystander. Another 17-year-old was struck in the hip while an 18-year-old was struck in the back.

    NBC10's Chris Cato talked with the Good Samaritan who found Scott in a blood-covered shirt, collapsed on the curb. Antoine Gardiner says he called 911 first, then rushed the teen to Lankenau Medical Center in his truck and wheeled him into the emergency room. Scott was pronounced dead at 7:07 p.m. The other two victims survived the shooting.

    Good Samaritan Tried to Save Teen Shooting Victim

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    A good Samaritan rushes a teen shooting victim to the hospital after gunfire at a playground. But the young man, who police say was an innocent bystander, died at the hospital. NBC10's Chris Cato has the heroic story. (Published Thursday, Apr 11, 2013)

    "I'm just talking to him, trying to keep him awake. I'm gonna get you to the hospital, just take it easy," said Gardiner, who didn't hear that Scott died until NBC10's Cato shared the sad news.

    "Whew. Man. My heart just goes out to the family, I just wish I could have done a little more than what I did," said Gardiner.

    Sharletta Ambey told NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez that after witnessing the shooting, she watched as the gunman took off running. Ambey says she went speeding after him in her car.

    "I proceeded to follow him, and as I got across Jefferson and I said to him, 'Why don't you stand right there and give yourself up.' He told me to mind my business before i got shot," said Ambey.

    Witness Chases Down Suspected Gunman

    [PHI] Witness Chases Down Suspected Gunman
    A concerned parent talks to NBC10 after she chased down one of the suspected gunman who opened fire at an Overbrook playground. A high school student was killed by gunfire. NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez reports. (Published Thursday, Apr 11, 2013)

    She was able to flag down a police officer and point him out. The officer arrested 20-year-old Jaquan Jordan of the 2100 block of W Berks Street. He was initially charged with weapons violations in connection to the shooting. On Monday, his charges were upgraded to murder.

    On April 13, police arrested 18-year-old Stanley Postell. He was also initially charged with weapons violations in connection to the shooting. On April 25, those charges were also upgraded to murder.

    According to police records, there have been more than 50 shootings at recreation centers and playgrounds since 2010.

    Earlier in April, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed a bill, banning guns at Philadelphia playgrounds and recreation centers. Violators would face a $2,000 fine.

    Parents, with children at Overbrook H.S., recently responded to a school survey, with 20 percent saying they consider the area outside of the school "not safe."

    Famous alumni of Overbrook H.S. includes actor Will Smith and basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain.

     


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