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District Attorney Krasner Announces Charges Following Shooting of 7-Year-Old in Southwest Philly

CONTACT:
Jane Roh, District Attorney’s Office, 215–686–8711, Jane.Roh@phila.gov

PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 3, 2020)District Attorney Larry Krasner on Monday announced Attempted Murder and related charges against Christopher Linder (DOB: 4/14/1993) for his role in an incident on Saturday resulting in the shooting of 7-year-old Zamar Jones, who remains in serious condition. At least two additional people are wanted by Philadelphia Police for their roles in this tragedy; the public is asked to relay any information about them or this incident to law enforcement.

The District Attorney’s Office (DAO) has opened three criminal cases against Linder for his alleged attempt to murder an adult man; his role in an ensuing shootout involving others during which Jones, a child, was shot in the head; and his alleged theft of a vehicle as he fled the scene.

For his role in the alleged targeting of an adult man and shooting of Zamar Jones, Linder is charged with two counts each of Attempted Murder (F1), Aggravated Assault (F1), Simple Assault (M2), Recklessly Endangering Another Person (M2), Possessing an Instrument of Crime (M1), Obstruction of Justice (M2), Unsworn Falsification to Authorities (M2), Tampering with Evidence (M2), as well as Violations of the Uniform Firearms Act (VUFA) for unlawful possession, unlawful carrying, and unlicensed carrying. Linder has also been charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle (F3) and Receiving Stolen Property (F3).

“I join Philadelphians across the city in expressing sadness and outrage that senseless gun violence has once again caused grievous injury to a child. Every kid deserves to live free of violence, harm, or fear. All children deserve an opportunity to develop and grow into healthy, happy adults. As long as our communities are flooded with firearms, and as long as the conditions exist that spur people to pick them up with little care for their futures, these tragedies will occur,” District Attorney Krasner said. “We still can be the caring society we purport to be by taking meaningful action on gun safety, and by addressing the structural conditions that often underlie interpersonal violence — such as poverty, unemployment, and substance use disorder. My office’s Victim/Witness Unit is in touch with Zamar’s family and will be offering support for them during this terrible time. This case has been specially assigned to the joint Gun Crimes Strategies and Prevention Collaborative, as the search for additional suspects continues.”

Members of the public who have information about the August 1st incident on the 200 block of North Simpson Street or the two suspects still at large are urged to contact Philadelphia Police by calling 911 or 215–686-TIPS (8477), where they can remain anonymous.

The DAO is a member of the PA Safety Alliance, a new statewide coalition of organizations committed to preventing and reducing gun violence in Pennsylvania, which ranks 5th in the nation for registered firearms and has the 3rd-highest firearm death rate among Northeastern states.

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The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is the largest prosecutor’s office in Pennsylvania, and one of the largest in the nation. It serves the more than 1.5 million citizens of the City and County of Philadelphia, employing 600 lawyers, detectives, and support staff. The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecution of approximately 40,000 criminal cases annually.

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