Four people were killed -- including the perpetrator -- and another critically wounded Monday night in what police said was a business deal gone bad.
Five males ambushed and stabbed a 14-year-old in the lower back last Friday after he got into an argument with two of them, police said.
All five perpetrators were arrested on the 1300 block of Durfor Street after the 10:15 p.m. incident on the 2200 block of South 11th Street, Detective Joe Chiaro of South Detectives said.
The knife used in the attack was also found on that block.
The 14-year-old who wielded the weapon, from the 2200 block of Beechwood Street, a 15-year-old, 13-year-old and 19-year-old Michael Tran -- all from the 2200 block of Hemberger Street -- along with another 14-year-old, from the 1500 block of Marston Street, were charged with aggravated and simple assault and related offenses.
The wounded teen was admitted to Jefferson in stable condition.
Firefighters from Ladder 11 and the Fire Prevention Unit returned to the 1200 block of Latona Street Monday afternoon to pass out free smoke alarms to residents, following a fatal fire on the block Saturday night.
Ladder 11/Engine 10 was the responding company the night of the blaze and this procedure is routine after all fatal fires.
Relatives of the dead woman, identified as 28-year-old Carissa Massaro, were also at the scene. Her 41-year-old mother and 83-year-old grandmother suffered minor injuries, the decedent's uncle told the Review.
Fire officials said the blaze started around 5:53 a.m. inside a second-floor rear bedroom of the two-story home. Firefighters found Massaro in the bedroom and took her outside. Paramedics began treating her before she was transported to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, Fire Chief Daniel Williams said.
The blaze was put out at 6:11 a.m. and the cause was determined to be careless smoking. There were no smoke alarms in the dwelling, Williams said.
Laying down the law
It came full circle Monday when Mayor John Street returned to Dixon House, 1920 S. 20th St., where he had launched a pilot curfew center July 27.
Accompanied by state Rep. Harold James, City Council President Anna Verna, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and Executive Director of Diversified Community Services Cheryl Weiss, the mayor signed into law a bill that strengthens the City's curfew ordinance by requiring kids under 13 to be off the streets earlier than previously required.
"Young people do not belong on the street at 11 and 12 o'clock at night," Street said at the press conference/bill signing that drew about 40 community leaders and residents. "No good things can happen to young people at that hour. Ensuring children are off the streets and in their homes at night is an important component of Operation Safer Streets, and the decline in youth violence in this neighborhood since we opened this center underscores the importance of enforcing our curfew law."
Since the curfew center opened, juvenile shootings have dropped 60 percent in the 1st District and 83 percent in the 17th District, the two areas covered by the center, Street said. Since its inception, 772 curfew violations have been issued, 296 youth have been brought to the center and 476 kids were taken directly home.