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Published on June 11, 2024
Horsham Barbershop Owner Charged With Murder Amid Montgomery County Gun Violence Spike; Philadelphia Police Seek Dirt Bike Riders After Fatal ShootingSource: Google Street View

Montgomery County experienced a fatal shooting as Maurice Byrd, a 41-year-old barbershop owner from Horsham, was charged with the murder of a man in the parking lot of his business. According to the CBS Philadelphia report, District Attorney Kevin Steele and Hatboro Police Chief Mark Ruegg confirmed Byrd's arrest in connection to Stephen Strassburg's death. As reported, the conflict between the two men had a history, with police previously called to the salon on several instances due to verbal disputes.

Simultaneously, Philadelphia has been grappling with a vicious act of violence as a 55-year-old man was fatally shot by a group of dirt bike riders. As 6ABC detailed, the attack occurred while the victim was seated on the sidewalk with a group of people, but no others were injured. The police described the survivors as "very, very lucky" considering the commonality of gatherings in the area where the shooting happened. In the attack, 41 shots were reported to rapidly have been fired, and despite the presence of surveillance footage of the incident, no suspects have been detained and no weapons recovered.

In Kensington, the authorities not only have to address the aftermath of this lethal shooting but also manage the broader issue of illegal motor vehicles on city streets. As PhillyVoice reported, the suspects made their getaway using these dirt bikes, a mode of transportation that has been a source of concern for local law enforcement. Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told PhillyVoice that the gunmen used "at least two semi-automatic weapons" based on shell casings found on-site.

These two distinct instances of gun violence underscore the escalating concerns regarding public safety within the region. The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office and the Philadelphia Police Department continue to actively investigate both crimes, urging anyone with information to step forward. The Philadelphia authorities, in particular, are highlighting their commitment to seize illegal motor vehicles, a pledge that follows a troubling pattern of such bikes being involved in criminal activities. Any witnesses or individuals with pertinent information are being encouraged to contact the Homicide Detectives or to leave a tip anonymously.