Philadelphia homicide detectives have released the name of the victim killed in a triple shooting over the weekend; a victim who was part of a complicated police brutality case that stemmed from what police believed was a retaliatory killing.
The victim, Pete Hopkins, 23, of the 1900 block of North Marshall Street, was fatally wounded by gunfire shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the 2000 block of North Fourth Street. Hopkins was shot in the chest and taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:57 a.m. A second victim, a 19-year-old male, sustained gunshot wounds to the chest and left arm, and a third victim was picked up by police after attempting to drive himself to the hospital. They are both in stable condition at Temple University Hospital.
Hopkins was a co-defendant in the retaliation shooting of Andrew Couch, who was killed on May 4, 2008. Hopkins, Dwayne Dyches and Brian Hall all stood trial for the shootings of Brandon Crow, of the 400 block of West Raymond Street, D’Angelo White, of the 300 block of West Raymond Street and Gerald Cooper, of the 400 block of St. Luke Street. All three survived the May 5, 2008, incident but what followed made national headlines.
At least 19 officers were videotaped by a camera team in a Fox News helicopter in the beatdown that followed the shooting. The alleged assault by police happened a few days after the murder of Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski by a trio of bank robbers.
Hopkins’ court records show he was first arrested at age 13. He had juvenile convictions on weapons offenses and drug dealing. Dyches, Hall and Hopkins denied their involvement in the shooting, and a jury acquitted the trio of attempted murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy and related offenses, even though several undercover narcotics officers observed the shootings.
No arrests have been made as of Tribune press time, but the motive has been determined as an argument.
In an unrelated shooting investigation, police are looking for suspects in a shooting that left a mother and son wounded by gunfire.
The incident happened on May 6 in the Richard Allen Homes complex in the 1000 block of Parrish Street. The victims are a 38-year-old female who was wounded in the left leg and her 15-year-old son, who was wounded in the lower back. Investigators said the victims were innocent bystanders shot when an unidentified gunman in a maroon colored car opened fire on some males standing on the street.
No arrests have been made and the incident remains under investigation.