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City Man Who Shot at People on South Philadelphia Street Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Firearms Violation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Kalief Ladson, 29, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced by Senior United States District Court Judge Michael M. Baylson to 144 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release for possession of ammunition by a felon.

On the morning of January 23, 2023, at approximately 11:45 a.m., Ladson and one other person parked their car in the area of 2100 S. 8th Street in South Philadelphia. The two walked around the corner and Ladson produced a semiautomatic firearm with an extended magazine. Ladson fired at least 17 shots at a group of men standing on a nearby corner as he ran up the sidewalk. Innocent bystanders out on the street that morning began to flee and hide as Ladson fired at his intended targets. He then fled on foot back to his car and drove off.

The shooting was captured on surveillance video and recovered by Philadelphia Police Department investigators. After reviewing the footage, witnesses were able to identify Ladson from the video. A Philadelphia Police Department ballistician determined that all of the fired cartridge casings recovered from where Ladson could be seen shooting had been fired from the same gun.

On April 13, 2023, a grand jury returned an indictment charging Ladson with one count of possession of ammunition by a felon. On November 8, 2023, Ladson proceeded to trial and a jury found him guilty on November 9, 2023.

“Firing a fusillade of shots at people on a busy Philly street — in broad daylight — is beyond reckless,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “This easily could have turned into a mass tragedy. Kalief Ladson has proven he’s too dangerous to walk free right now. He’s got the next 12 years behind bars to think about what he’s done and how lucky he was not to kill anybody. In the meantime, we and our partners will continue to go after these violent offenders determined to wreak havoc in our city.”

“ATF is committed to working with our partners to prevent such violent crimes,” said Eric J. DeGree, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Philadelphia Field Division. “Ladson’s reckless behavior put his community at grave risk.”

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The case was investigated by the Philadelphia Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Martin E. Howley, Jr. and Thomas M. Zaleski.

Updated May 16, 2024

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime