Sunday, May 4, 2008

Now and then

So there's not a lot of new information on the Harrison case, but what there is seems different than what came out Friday. Friday's reports made it seem that somehow arrests were imminent, but now going on 5 days since the incident, there are still arrests, and the Philly cops have turned the case over to the DA because they are too busy to deal with it. The more you read about this case, the more it seems like police are probably wishing that a high profile guy wasn't involved because then it could go away. For a case in which no one was badly hurt in a neighborhood with lots of violence, it will now demand much more time from investigators.

A Philadelphia Inquirer piece now has other discrepancies with the original report broken by a Philly radio reporter on Friday:

On Friday it was reported that the gun fire was exchanged after Harrison chased a man into the parking lot of his bar. Now it appears that the shooting took place several blocks away.

Harrison is now said to have kicked the victim out of his bar 2 weeks ago, and they have been fighting since. Harrison admitted to getting into a fist fight with the man earlier in the day.

It was reported that a girl had been slightly hurt by flying glass. Now it's reported that it was a 2 year old boy.

It was unclear though not inaccurate in previous reports that police cannot confirm that there was a third victim. They received a call from a lawyer saying that he represented a man who was hurt and could finger Harrison. That is not confirmed and as of now, no one has accused Harrison of anything. Police are looking for this alleged victim.

The original victim first told police that he was hurt driving on the freeway, before changing his story. He has not identified Harrison.

The Inquirer is reporting that Harrison turned the weapon in question over to the police. It was reported on Friday that police found it in a bucket outside Harrison's carwash.

So from the original sensationalistic reports on Friday, we had one picture of what happened, now there is a slightly different one. The small detail changes may or may not make any real difference, but they are interesting to note.

The Inquirer has a profile piece on Harrison today.

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