Police: Thursday Night Shooting Result of a Fight Over a Woman

Two men were shot Thursday night after a fistfight over a woman escalated to a knife fight and then gunplay.

More details have emerged from that sent two men to the hospital with gunshot wounds.

Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono told The Times Herald that the shooting was the result of a dispute over a woman that escalated.

"The shooting was the culmination of a dispute over a woman that started at 9:45 p.m. outside of a house in the 100 block of Ann Street," Chief Bono told the Herald. "There were two men fighting in the street. One man pulled a knife during that fight. The other man ran into the girlfriend’s house to get away from the man with the knife. A front door was kicked in. That part of the fight was over."

The two men reportedly met up again, this time with friends, at Green and Spruce streets just before 10:30 p.m. and a shootout erupted. The alleged shooter, 25-year-old Philip Mills, of the 1500 block of Powell Street, reportedly fired 10 to 12 shots from a semiautomatic weapon and struck the two victims in the leg.

One victim was flown to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with a shattered leg and reportedly required surgery. The other was transported to Paoli Hospital.

According to Chief Bono, Mills faces charges including aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and persons not to possess a firearm. He also had a previous conviction for firearm-related charges.

Police are still investigation the incident and are awaiting a search warrant for a gold, 2000 Buick La Sabre still on the scene they suspect may contain weapons and drugs.

Anyone with information about the crime should call the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977.

Read more about the incident here.


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