While most of the country focuses on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the 10,000 Americans that have been killed by the deadly disease, violent crime is down, but not gone, from many parts of the country. Fewer people on the streets and more people spending time at home has given many communities a break from the normal levels of violent crime.
However, not all crime has stopped, and in the City of Chester, PA, a 7 year old boy is dead due to a senseless violent crime.
“I heard about 15 shots ring out. I heard it come across the scanner and the Ring that it was a drive-by. I called my local friends on the block and they said two cars came down and just rang out about 15 shots and a little boy caught the bullet in the head,” said one resident.
According to a Chester Police Facebook post:
Complaint #15774 April 6, 2020
On Sunday April 5, 2020 at approximately 2119 hours, members from the city of Chester Police Department were dispatched to the area the 2600 block of Swarts Street for the report of a shooting. Officers further received information that the shooting victim was 7 years old and was shot in the facial area. Upon officer’s arrival, they observed the victim, who was identified as Sinsir Parker (B/M/7) lying in the middle of the street in the 2600 block of Swarts Street. Upon checking the victim, it was learned that he sustained a gunshot wounds to his facial area. The victim did succumb to his injuries, and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Paramedics from Crozer Chester Medical Center.
If anyone has any information regarding this case, they are urged to contact Detective Victor Heness (City of Chester Detective) at 610-447-8429 or [email protected], or Detective Daniel McFarland (Delaware County Detective) at 610-891-4716.
This is the 14th homicide in the City of Chester this year.
Captain James Chubb #74
So far no arrests have been made in the seemingly random crime.
“I’m sure that kid was probably having the time of his life because he was finally able to come outside and play,” said another resident. “His parents are here. They’re not irresponsible. They don’t get into this crazy stuff. So there is no making sense of this.