Philadelphia Police Charge Suspect In Deadly Nicetown Bar Shooting

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police have charged an Olney man with murder and attempted murder in connection with a deadly shooting at a Nicetown bar early Sunday morning.

Police received multiple tips after they released video of the crime Monday afternoon. Even in a weekend when there were 32 shootings in Philadelphia, the shooting at the Genesis bar was shocking.

Police say the suspect, identified as Wayne James, was drinking inside the bar and lit up a cigarette. They say a bouncer ejected him when he refused requests to put it out.

Video outside the bar shows him leave and return minutes later, fire randomly through the bar’s door for six seconds and then running away. The shooting killed one man and left five other people wounded.

Captain James Clark says callers who saw the video gave police both a name and an address.

“As a result of those tips, the homicide unit, along with members of the U.S. Marshalls service, went to the 1100 block of Wagner Avenue looking for a Wayne James.”

Clark says police took James into custody without incident and also seized two vehicles and other evidence.

Valerie Levesque Reports …

James has been charged with one count of Murder and five counts of Attempted Murder.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio

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  • Nicole

    The Wayne I knew was a sweet heart & I can’t believe he did this especially over being thrown out for smoking. UGH. What is going on in this world? Is it in our drinking water? :(

  • Paolo Salvatore Giuliano D

    Instead of Mayor Nutter talking about what needs to be done to stop the violence in Philadelphia, why don’t he enforce upon Commissioner Ramsey to start enforcing his Police Officer’s to start enforcing the laws instead of turning a blind eye towards the following: Breaking the curfew that is on the books, speeding, running red lights/stop signs (a complete stop is 3 seconds), passing in the left turning lane, passing in break down lanes, public intoxication (Police know that these people walking around with brown plastic bags with cans in them are beer or alcohol), loitering, urinating in public, illegally parking. Also investigate the places that citizens inform the Police of drug dealing. If the citizens are seeing and reporting these problems, then you know the Police are possibly seeing at least a 1/3 of these problems. Start enforcing the laws and maybe some of the violence will be deterred. Police are being paid by the taxpayer’s and we the taxpayer’s expect the laws to be enforced. Also if you enforce the laws you may be able to raise the revenue you need for the city instead of trying to raise or make new taxes. C-mon Mayor Nutter and Commissioner Ramsey, Show some true leadership, that is what you are being paid to do.

    • Nicole

      I lived in Germantown for 9 years. I finally decided to move when my neighbor pulled a gun on me & it took the cops 7 hours to get to my house.


    What an idiot,over a cigarette C’MON MAN.I pray for the victims families.Wayne James you just smoked your life away over a cigarette,you will spend the rest of your life in prison over a smoke Jesse James.

  • James Smith

    the courts will let him out soon to shoot some more.

  • SPO

    Yes…thank you for getting it right…it was in Nicetown NOT Germantown.

    and Yes, its a shame in what happened to those patrons…those little bars around there need to go, they are way too seedy.

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