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Conviction in Mayfair shooting

District Attorney Larry Krasner announced that a jury has convicted Lamar Wilson, 42, for shooting one individual outside of a Mayfair nightclub in April 2019 and using his vehicle to run over the shooting victim’s companion. The jury found Wilson guilty of Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault and violations of the Uniform Firearms Act.

The incident stemmed from an altercation that started at about 4 a.m. on April 7, 2019, when the two victims allegedly bumped into the defendant while exiting Hush Nightclub, 7217 Frankford Ave. The DA’s office said Wilson flew into a rage despite the victims apologizing to him. As the couple walked toward their car, the DA said the defendant retrieved a firearm from his vehicle and approached the 24-year-old male victim, firing numerous shots and wounding him 17 times. The defendant then fled in his Dodge Charger, striking the 26-year-old woman as he left the scene. She suffered serious injuries to her legs and face. Both victims were taken by first responders to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital and were treated for their injuries.

The defendant fled the state and entered fugitive status for over a year. Investigators recovered the crime gun and utilized fired cartridge casings and DNA to link Wilson to the shooting. An warrant was issued for Wilson’s arrest and he was subsequently arrested in February 2021. The victims took the stand at trial to identify Wilson as the suspect and recount what had happened to him. The jury convicted him on April 13. He is scheduled for sentencing in front of Common Pleas Court Judge Anthony Kyriakakis next month.

“I commend Assistant District Attorney Katherine Wood of the office’s Homicide and Non-Fatal Shooting Unit for her dedication to this case and her exemplary work pursuing justice for survivors and the community,” Krasner said. “I also thank the exceptional investigation conducted by the Philadelphia Police Department in this case as well as all of the law enforcement members involved in bringing this defendant to justice.” ••

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