Recent Norristown Shootings May Be Connected to Unsolved Homicide

Police are still investigating a recent spree of shootings that may be connected to the Oct. 20 murder of Ryan Ladson-Singleton.

Police are investigating a string of recent shootings in Norristown that may stem from the unsolved shooting death of 21-year-old Ryan Ladson-Singleton in the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 20.

According to Norristown Police Detective Lt. Michael Crescitelli, police have questioned two men involved in an alleged . 

The victim of that shooting, a Philadelphia man, is currently at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and will reportedly need surgery for the gunshot wound to the abdomen allegedly sustained in the Friday night shoot out. The man's injuries are serious, but he is expected to survive them.

According to Lt. Crescitelli, the man told police he was shot during a robbery attempt at the Plymouth Meeting Mall. Police say the evidence suggests he was shot in the 1100 block of West Airy Street incident. He is reportedly not cooperating with the investigation.

Police also questioned a 21-year-old Norristown man who is believed to have been involved in the Friday night shoot out. The suspect reportedly told police that he was sitting in a vehicle in that neighborhood when he was shot at by a Philadelphia man he identified as the same gunshot wound victim. He denies having returned fire, but police reportedly recovered shell casings from inside the car. They also observed bullet holes in the vehicle. 

The suspect reportedly went on to say that he was shot at early Wednesday morning in the area of Arch and East Oak streets. Bullet holes found in the suspect's vehicle may be from that incident. According to Lt. Crescitelli, the suspect told police he believed there was a contract on his life relating to the murder of Ryan Ladson-Singleton. It is unclear what the nature of the suspect's involvement in that crime might be.

Authorities obtained a warrant to search the suspect's home and reportedly recovered two .25 caliber handguns, a sawed-off shotgun, ammunition and drug paraphernalia. Police have not yet released information on any charges against the suspect.

The investigation is ongoing, but police believe that the two shootings on Friday evening and those on Wednesday, Dec. 19, are related. Extra patrols have been instituted for the affected areas and authorities are asking for the public's help in solving this recent outbreak of violence.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977.


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Mia Jones December 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Good. I am glad they got him cause one of the guns should match the victims wounds and don't let him out. I also hope one of those guns match other shootings around. His ass riding around arch and oak thinking you was slick to try and shoot somebody around there too. Being missing tooths flunkie and you know who you was with. One down bout 4 more to go. Stupid running around just shooting at anything you and the asses you do it with.
Mia Jones December 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM
He was sitting in the car and he shot that boy that's why they found the casings in the car. Good job cops. Bout time you doing something right.
Mia Jones December 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Just like the shooting on Spruce Street they were shooting from the side of that lady house and i believe her son was out there too doing letting them do that there. Whoever the guy with the missing tooth in the front they say them boys shoot for him so is he some big time dealer cause how does he pay them. I hope they get him too cause he involved in a bunch of stuff and apparently alot of people are out to get him.
Suzanne Stanley Thomas December 23, 2012 at 03:50 PM
What about finally solving a crime that was committed almost 2 years ago? On March 18, 2011 D'Ravious "Ray" Dawkins was shot and killed on the corner of West Oak & Noble Street while walking home. Why has there been NOTHING done about finding his killer(s). Too many lives have been taken in Norristown. When will the police get this town under control?
ben here for the long run December 23, 2012 at 06:30 PM
@suzanne they want the black people to kill each other ,they have the Mexicans to watch over ,I ain't Ben in trouble in about 10yrs I work everyday and on my walk home thru town the same cops see me ,circle the blocks tryna figure me out ,running my name for warrants like I don't know, they give their selves away by the looks on their faces ,the police need to get it together..
DEBRA J THORNTON December 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Mia Jones December 24, 2012 at 12:02 AM
I didn't say your son was shooting I said he was out there and if he wasn't out there I'm sorry but you need to keep those other boys away from your home cause they do that stuff right there so. I had just rode pass right before that. I was speaking about the other boy or boys. They don't have respect for you and they are ignorant.
DEBRA J THORNTON December 24, 2012 at 12:44 AM
He wasnt there so you need to know for sure before to tell the world a false story. But We dont have to go back and forth for the world to see. We can have this discussion in person , you know exactly where i live and you can see for sure who i am and whose around my house
Boywonder December 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Debra J Thornton, please enroll in an adult education class, specifically one that covers third grade level spelling and grammar, seeing as these simple things elude you. You may also want to look into buying a new keyboard, your caps lock button appears to be broken
Boywonder December 24, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Ben, that may have something to do with the "stop snitching" policy most ghettos have. On a side note what does "tryna" and "their selves" mean? or were you just trying to write "trying to" and "themselves?" Nice attempt though, much better than Debra J Thornton.
OMG December 24, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Can we all come together and just have a peaceful holiday and stop pointing this way and that way. I just want the violence to stop. Norristown is too small and everybody knows everybody where we or our kids done grew up TOGETHER and nobody wants to see anyone's child taking away whether its by tragedy or jail. If people spend time doing things positive they won't have time to do the negative. If people place themselves around positive people or away from people all together their path of life will change. I used to hang around not so negative but not so positive people before and one day somebody cursed me out and told me as long as I keep hanging around them I won't have nothing. So so true! Get away from the negative things.
OMG December 24, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I agree. I have seen them do that to a couple of people they are familiar with when they should be trying to solve other more important crimes. It's not the newer ones it's the few that have been on the force for a while.
Boywonder December 24, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I don't mind or find it sad at all if children that kill others are put in jail at all, in fact I encourage it. Don't want to lose your child to the penal system, stop failing so hard at being a parent. Crime in Norristown is centralized from Noble Street all down through the East End, this area also has the highest concentrarion of section 8 housing. Coincidence? Perhaps, but no one is really that foolish as to believe that bum parents might raise a criminally prone bum child now is it?
Out The Way December 24, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Some of these comments people are saying are false,if Mia Jones knows so much information,and Been Around got all these ideas,the both of you are in the wrong profession. It sounds like you idiots are cops.stop gossiping and spreading rumors before you get innocent people hurt,let the police do there job
Mickey Jay December 24, 2012 at 06:36 PM
So boywonder, I wonder who the Fuk made you the Grammar Police. This is a Social page not English 101. Sit you tired azz down you doing too much.
H2 December 24, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I'm one of her children, my name is Herschel Thornton. I've never commited a crime nor have i been arrested. I also have my college degree so get your facts straight when your talking about Debra's children.
carol December 24, 2012 at 09:47 PM
God doesn't like ugly!!!!! And those with glass houses should not throw stones!!! And to my sister Deb just know that all who knows you knows that you are a God fearing and praying mother wife sister aunt and friend!!! And no weapons formed against our family shall prosper in Jesus name...we love you!!!!!!
Boywonder December 25, 2012 at 02:46 AM
@Mickey Jay, so this is a social page, ok I will agree there, but you are missing the fundamental flaw in your argument, being social would require communitcation no? Most of these posts are incomprehensible and make no sense, I had to reread Ben's post a few times before i got the jist of it and im still not sure that i get what he meant. I know it's not english 101, but based on the content of posts here, i would have to say that most did not complete kindergarten english.
Mickey Jay December 25, 2012 at 05:28 AM
@Boywonder, your point is received. But I've seen where some critizes others and they make the same mistakes. I do understand having to re-read a comment and still not get the jist can be troublesome.
BrutalHonesty December 27, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Boywonder writes well! I understood him! He writes higher than a 3rd grade level. Stick to the Timesherald... they tend to accomodate reading difficulties!
BrutalHonesty December 27, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Teresa are you the cops???? On every article you've commented on, you are referring everyone to the police. Shall we look at you?
Wedgie Hammond December 27, 2012 at 07:43 PM
"jist" Hahahahahaaa...glass houses are a mow-fow...
19401 Chic December 28, 2012 at 02:03 AM
do you read your post? You sound dumb....stfu
19401 Chic December 28, 2012 at 02:08 AM
worldpeace2013 January 22, 2013 at 02:44 AM
bout time is not a word. bout time you read a dictionary.
worldpeace2013 January 22, 2013 at 02:44 AM
maybe all the immature low lifes on welfare need to leave and be thrown into a landfill
worldpeace2013 January 22, 2013 at 02:45 AM
blah blah blah you prob busy smocking and not taking care of your "sons" just like all the other mothers in Norristown
worldpeace2013 January 22, 2013 at 02:46 AM
I think everyone here is fake and you should be helping with the investigation instead of making it go different directions.
tiyanna March 17, 2013 at 08:38 PM
My cousin is in peace now just leave it alone


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