Philadelphia has always had a violent edge to it. Even when things were going great under Mayor (now Governor) Rendell, you did not go to North Philadelphia if you did not have too. You drove fast through Wyomissing. You did not mention that you were a member of the MOVE movement.
Violence is spreading out more now though. Center City is still relatively safe, as is South Street, but things are devolving around it. The suburbs are still quite nice, but there are now alot more blocks and neighborhoods that are "quick honey speed up" right up next to the safe spots. And things continue to get odd.
Look at this story this weekend, a teen was shot and later died from his wounds after hitting an adult in the face with a snowball. And it was not a knee jerk reaction either out of anger. The gunman actually left, had a chance to calm down and still returned with an automatic weapon and shot the teen in the head.
A young man who had been shot in the head over a snowball fight yesterday -- on his 16th birthday -- died this morning.
Tavin Rutledge had been at Temple University Hospital on life support. He was pronounced dead at 11:34 a.m.
Yes, in a awful twist, it was the victims 16th birthday.
Now, when I was a kid, I threw a snowball or 20 at a passing car, and it would occasionally land atop a roof of the moving vehicle. Stupid stupid stupid. But, I only had fear of getting a whipping from my parents if I was caught, not a fear of facing down a Glock because of my good aim.