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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

15-year-old youth was shot dead during a street brawl between two rival groups in the Bronx organised through mobile phone text messages

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A 15-year-old youth was shot dead during a street brawl between two rival groups in the Bronx organised through mobile phone text messages.
The feuding groups had agreed to meet in the Williamsbridge area on Monday evening to settle a three-week dispute.
But the verbal argument quickly turned violent and Philip Johnson was shot twice in the chest, before stumbling into a nearby restaurant.

Feud: The two rival groups had agreed to meet in the Williamsbridge area of the Bronx on Monday to settle a dispute
The teenager was taken by ambulance to Jacobi Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The suspected killer, who was believed to be known to Mr Johnson, fled the scene and is still being sought by police.
He has not been named, but has been described as 17, more than 6ft tall and weighing more than 200 pounds.
Mr Johnson and the suspect are believed to have started pushing and shoving each other, before the suspect pulled out a gun and fired five shots.
One police source told the New York Daily News: 'It just got out of hand. No one even knew he was carrying a weapon.'

Killed: Philip Johnson, 15, got involved in an argument with another youth and was then shot twice in the chest
Relatives said one of the bullets had pierced the teenager's heart.
Five .25-calibre shell casings were recovered from the scene.
Elsie Johnson, the victim's 84-year-old adoptive mother, told the Wall Street Journal: 'He was just a typical boy trying to make it, but somewhere along the line he got involved with the wrong crowd.
'He couldn't quit... he got involved in order to be in with the crowd.
'He didn't want to be no mama's boy. He wanted to grow up, how he wanted to grow up.
'I played a part in that too; I couldn't keep up with him.'
She added: 'I never thought anything like this was going to happen. I was trying to get him on the right track and make a home for him.'
Police sources said Mr Johnson had been arrested once for possession of marijuana, but was not known to be associated with any gangs.
The suspected killer is said to have prior arrests, including one for a robbery with a firearm.

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