1 Brother Arrested, 2nd Sought for Shooting 11-Year-Old - NBC 10 Philadelphia

1 Brother Arrested, 2nd Sought for Shooting 11-Year-Old



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    A suspect in the shootout that wounded an 11-year-old is on the run Friday -- the same day officers took the man's brother into custody.

    Police are searching for 25-year-old Marcelus Temple, who they say opened fire on the 1500 block of North Gratz Street at 3:48 p.m Sunday when 11-year-old Kashie Crawford was playing basketball outside with friends.

    Authorities arrested Temple's 16-year-old brother Friday for his alleged involvement in the shooting.

    The younger brother got into a fist fight with someone, so he and Temple went to Gratz Street to retaliate, according to police. Witnesses told officers that a man was walking south on Gratz Street, when at least one passenger in a blue Mercury Grand Marquis began firing at him.

    The man returned the gunfire before fleeing on foot, according to police. The vehicle fled in an unknown direction.

    Authorities describe Temple as 5-foot 8-inches tall and 195 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

    He is known to frequent areas near the 1900 block of Susquehanna Avenue and the 1500 blcok of Gratz Street.

    Police say Temple is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees the suspect should not approach him, instead contact 911, according to officials. Police ask anyone who has information about the suspect or the shooting to call the tip line at 215-686-8477.

    Witnesses say, after the shooting, they saw the boy running down the street and ducking into a rowhome. The victim was transported to Temple Hospital and listed in critical condition.

    Once stablized, Crawford was transported to Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children for additional treatment, according to authorities.

    At least 15 shell casings from two different guns were found at the scene, according to detectives.

    The shootout, one of several violent incidents to occur near Temple's campus recently, spurred a local politician and neighbors to issue a "Call for Action."

    Pa. State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas (D - 181st) will lead the concerned residents in an anti-violence rally at 18th and Oxford streets beginning at 3 p.m. Friday.

    Crawford is the third child to become a victim of gunfire in the past week. On Saturday, Police say a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed Jamara Stevens, his 11-year-old sister, in their Mantua home while their mother was just down the hall in the bathroom.

    A 17-year-old was shot in the face on March 30. Antonio Flores was found with a gun shot wound to the head in a Spring Garden apartment. His friend Sergio Santiago, 22, was arrested later in the week.