Chester Mayor Declares State Of Emergency
In response to a recent string of shootings, Mayor Wendell N. Butler, Jr. of Chester held a press conference to announce that the city is declaring a State of Emergency.
According to city officials, the State of Emergency goes into effect Saturday evening and will remain in effect for the next five days with the possibility of 30 more days.
The bloody week in Chester City culminated with the killing of Yadullah Muhammad of Upland, a 22-year-old man who was shot and killed late Wednesday.
According to the Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office, Muhammad was shot in the 2700 block of Lehman Street just before midnight and later died at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
The previous weekend saw two unsolved shooting incidents. Sunday morning, 2-year-old Terrence Webster was shot in the head as his family was returning home to West Ninth Avenue after visiting relatives and on Friday, Raymar Holmes, 26, was found lying in the 1300 block of Crosby Street with gunshot wounds, according to police.
There is no word on what caused any of these shootings and police are still working to develop suspects.
In the wake of the shootings the antiviolence initiative, Mayor's Night Out Tour, was created, starting Thursday night with a rally at the William Penn development at Fifth and Franklin Streets.
As part of the State of Emergency, Chester City officials will dispatch what they're calling "saturated patrol units" and enforce a curfew in five of the worst sections of the city.