Wanted strip-club shooter has rap sheet of prior charges, all withdrawn
According to this report at Philly.com, police have identified Henry Pettigrew as the fool who, after cartoonishly slipping and falling twice while running with an AK-47, managed to fire several rounds into the Purple Orchid Gentleman’s Club in West Philly on May 11. The Raw Story reports that the shooting was retaliation for the DJ not playing Pettigrew’s favorite booty-shaking song.
Police have released surveillance camera video of the shooting; it seems a miracle that only one man was struck and that he was not seriously injured:
An observant citizen on Twitter shared information that news reports didn’t: Pettigrew has a history of violent criminal charges, all of them withdrawn.
According to court records, Pettigrew was arrested on February 4, 2008 and subsequently charged with a dozen offenses including aggravated assault, robbery, criminal conspiracy, possession of firearms by a minor, terroristic threats and “firearms not be to carried without a license.” On July 7, 2012, Pettigrew was arrested again, and charged with ten crimes including rape, unlawful restraint, sexual assault, false imprisonment and aggravated assault.
In both cases, all charges were withdrawn. “In the 2011 [rape] case, the victim did not show up for three court appearances, even though she was subpoenaed and the detectives went looking for her,” Philadelphia District Attorney’s office spokesperson Tasha Jamerson explained to PW in an email. “Therefore we had to withdraw the case.” The D.A.’s office is currently pulling records to explain withdrawal of the 2008 firearms case.