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DA: Police Gunfire Likely Shot 8yo Fanta Bility; 2 Injured in Collapse; Refiled Charges Approved
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 09/03/21 11:11 pm | updated: 09/03/21 11:11 pm
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said on Thursday, 9/2, that it is likely that an 8-year-old girl who was shot and killed outside a high school football game in Sharon Hill last Friday, 8/27, was struck by gunfire from police officers shooting back at suspected gunman. It happened after the game between Academy Park High School and Pennsbury was finished around 9 p.m. People were leaving through the main entrance with gunfire erupted. "That gunfire included a shot in the direction of three Sharon Hill police officers monitoring the crowd exiting the football stadium, which struck and injured a civilian. In response to the gunfire, the police officers discharged their service weapons," Stollsteimer said.

"Tragically, our investigation has now determined that there is a high probability that the responsive gunfire of the Sharon Hill Police Officers struck four victims, including the shots that killed 8-year-old Fanta Bility and wounded her sister. The death of Fanta and the wounding of her sister and the other students are a heart-breaking tragedy for her family, her friends, and the entire Delaware County community." The investigation is ongoing. Police initially took three individuals into custody, but they have been released. "My promise to (the family) and to the Sharon Hill community is that we will continue this investigation for as long as it takes until every question is answered and justice is done," Stollsteimer said.

A man and a women were injured when two adjacent buildings collapsed in Kensington on Thursday night. It happened along the 2300 block of North Front Street next to the Market-Frankord El. The buildings had store fronts on the first level with apartments above. A 68-year-old woman and 69-year-old man were taken to Temple University Hospital to be treated for their injuries. The cause of the collapse is being investigated.

On Tuesday, 8/31, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas approved refiled charges against a former Philadelphia Police staff inspector for assaulting a protester near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during the citywide unrest last year. 55-year-old Jospeh Bologna was caught on video striking 21-year-old Evan Gorski with a baton on June 1, 2020. Bologna was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and possession of an instrument of crime among other charges. Bologna was terminated from the department because of the incident. Municipal Court Judge Henry Lewandowski III dropped the charges on Friday, 1/15/21, citing lack of evidence. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner refiled charges of simple assault, reckless endangerment, and possession of an instrument of crime in February.

"We respectfully disagree with the court’s decision to dismiss the felony Aggravated Assault charge, given the seriousness of the head injury suffered by the victim, which required multiple stitches and staples," Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said in a statement Tuesday. "Because a just resolution of this matter is of great public interest and importance, we will be reviewing our options for the best course forward as prosecutors on behalf of the Commonwealth."

"We will vigorously defend Joe Bologna against these baseless charges. This is another attempt by DA Krasner to railroad a highly decorated and well-respected member of the Philadelphia police department. Joe Bologna has served this city with respect and dignity for decades and we will not give up the fight to clear his name," FOP Lodge 5 President John McNesby said in a statement.

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