CHESTER, Pa. -- A suburban Philadelphia city has declared a state of emergency following the fourth killing in eight days, including the death of a 2-year-old boy a week ago.
Chester Mayor Wendell Butler Jr. on Saturday proclaimed a state of emergency beginning Saturday night and running through Thursday morning, and he says he will ask the City Council to extend it for a month. During that time, no one is allowed on the street from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. each day, and no assembly of three or more people is allowed without a permit.
Butler said police officers would be working 12-hour shifts or more, state and county authorities had promised more resources and a federal task force would be operating in the city.
The most recent shooting death happened Friday night, and another man was killed Tuesday night.