Man charged in murder of Brewerytown dog walker

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PHOTO: Melissa Mitman

A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a man who was walking his dog last week in Brewerytown.

Milan Loncar, 25, was near the corner of 31st and Jefferson streets in Brewerytown at around 7 p.m. Wednesday when he was approached by two people, one of whom stuck a gun in his chest. The other suspect checked Loncar’s pockets.

When Loncar pulled back, the gunman pulled the trigger, and surveillance video shows the pair running away. He died a short time later from a single gunshot wound to his chest.

Less than two hours later, officers in Kensington pulled over a car at B Street and Indiana Avenue because it matched the description of a vehicle that was stolen during a carjacking on Tuesday, authorities said.

Four men jumped out and ran, but police caught the driver, 20-year-old Davis Josephus of Brewerytown.

Davis Josephus

Investigators said Josephus’s clothing matched that of Loncar’s shooter. The entire incident was recorded on surveillance cameras.

Detectives have also identified a second man who police are calling a “person of interest.”

Josephus is charged with murder and related offenses, authorities said Sunday.

Loncar was a recent graduate of Temple University who went to Conestoga High School in Chester County, according to multiple media reports.

An online fundraiser aimed at raising money for a reward for information in the case had generated more than $55,000 in 48 hours.


11 shot over weekend

A man was killed and 10 other people, including five teenagers, were wounded in shootings Saturday and Sunday in Philadelphia, according to police.

The homicide occurred in North Philadelphia after a 41-year-old man was shot three times just before 12:45 a.m. Saturday on the 1000 block of W. Lehigh Avenue, authorities said.

He drove himself to Temple University Hospital, where he died at around 3 a.m. No arrests have been made in the killing.

On Sunday, just around the corner on the 2800 block of N. 11th Street, a 40-year-old man was shot twice in the abdomen at around 2:40 p.m. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition, police said.

Temple University officers rushed three people to the hospital after gunfire rang out at around 8 p.m. Saturday on the 2000 block of N. 11th Street, near the college’s main North Philadelphia campus.

A 22-year-old man was shot in the right ankle, and two other men, a 19-year-old and a 20-year-old, were both shot twice in the leg, authorities said. All three were listed in stable condition.

In West Philadelphia, a 18-year-old walked into Penn Presbyterian Medical Center after being shot in the right leg at 7 p.m. Saturday on the 700 block of N. 38th Street in the Mantua neighborhood. His injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the face just after 4 p.m. Saturday near the corner of 40th and Cambridge streets in West Philadelphia, authorities said. He was rushed to Penn Presbyterian, where he is in critical condition.

Officers responding to the scene of a shooting at around 1:15 p.m. Saturday on the 1300 block of E. Price Street in East Germantown found a 17-year-old boy with two gunshot wounds to his back and one to his stomach.

He is in critical condition at Einstein Medical Center, according to police.

Authorities were later alerted that an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his back had shown up at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Investigators said he is also a victim of the Price Street shooting.

A 27-year-old man was hospitalized following a shooting early Saturday morning on the 3600 block of Elder Street in North Philadelphia, and a 34-year-old woman was in stable condition after being shot just after midnight Saturday on the 3800 block of Parrish Street in Mantua.

There have been no arrests in connection with any of the weekend shootings.