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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Darby Man Convicted at Trial of Firearms Offenses

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Kareem Murphy, 36, of Darby, PA, was found guilty today by a jury of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possessing a firearm in a school zone.

On February 18, 2018, the Philadelphia Police Department responded to a house in Philadelphia after an officer heard the sound of a gunshot.  As law enforcement arrived on the scene, the defendant fired another gunshot through the door of the house before fleeing the scene.  Police officers arrested the defendant in a nearby alley.  The defendant fired the gun within 1,000 feet of the Delaplaine McDaniel Elementary School, and has previously been convicted of a felony and therefore was prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.

“The defendant fired a gun into a house and endangered everyone in the vicinity, even though he should never have had a gun in the first place because of his felony conviction,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain.  “Making matters worse, his crimes occurred near an elementary school, where any one of the neighborhood’s young students could have been struck.  We are very lucky that no one was injured, and I am thankful that the jury held the defendant accountable for his actions.”

“ATF’s top priority is combating violent crime; one of the ways we accomplish that mission is by keeping firearms out of the hands of violent offenders,” said Donald Robinson, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Philadelphia Field Division.  “This conviction is a perfect example of the collaborative effort between ATF, the United States Attorney’s Office and the Philadelphia Police Department in targeting violent offenders and protecting our communities.”

"The Project Safe Neighborhoods program is of tremendous benefit to local law enforcement here in Philadelphia,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross. “The arrest of Kareem Murphy, and the PSN collaborations that resulted in a successful prosecution, illustrate the tangible impact that strong collective effort among law enforcement agencies can have on promoting safety and enhancing quality of life in the communities we serve."   

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Philadelphia Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nancy Rue.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.  In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated October 2, 2018