Sometime early Friday morning — around 2 a.m. — shots rang out in Chester County. This time it was in the middle of West Chester — at Matlack and Chestnut streets. By the time it was all over Towayne Uqdah, 23, of Philadelphia, was dead.
A press release issued this morning said that multiple shots were fired at the scene and one round went through the window of a nearby residence.
“This was a violent attack in the middle of a residential neighborhood. One young man is dead and many innocent local homeowners were placed in grave danger,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said.
West Chester police and Chester County Detectives responded to the scene and are continuing to work the case.
“This type of violence is completely uncharacteristic for West Chester,” West Chester Police Chief Scott Bohn said. “The borough only had one homicide in 2011 and none in 2010. We will devote every resource to solving this case.”
So the question is: what the heck is going on? We’ve had two murders already in the county and it’s still only January. What’s even more terrifying is that this time it was in the middle of the borough. No knock to Coatesville — where the earlier 2012 homicide occurred — but the middle of Coatesville and the middle of West Chester just aren’t the same.
In this early Friday West Chester shooting a bullet actually went through the window of a nearby residence. Had it not been 2 a.m., someone else could be dead.
In Philly yesterday (yes, here I go again) the mayor more or less said he was putting $20,000 bounties on the heads of the criminals. And as some of those commenting on the Philly.com web site pointed out, nothing says it like cash. And they’re right. People aren;t going to snitch for nothing. And people are becoming more reluctant to speak anyway. Remember what happened to the young lady in Philly who did? I blogged about that the other day.
But let’s be honest here. The $20K isn’t meant for the good people. It’s meant for the thugs and creeps who live in the criminal world. Those people WOULD sell out their moms for the twenty grand.
So maybe the mayor of the fair city of Philadelphia is correct. But we need to do something to put an end to these senseless killings. And if it takes cash then so be it. Because the next time a bullet goes through someone’s window, the residents may not be so lucky.