Authorities investigating Halloween homicide in city’s West Ward
A Philadelphia man is dead after being shot near the Oakland Park Apartments Housing Complex on Coolidge Avenue around 11 p.m. on Friday, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed.
According to scanner reports, police arrived on the scene to find a man unresponsive after he had been shot. The man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead, according to prosecutors investigating the case.
The victim has been identified as 36-year-old Levonza G. Thompson of Philadelphia.
Thompson is the uncle of Naquan Ellis, according to Ellis’ obituary. In June, Ellis, 23, was shot in the chest at the North 25 Housing Complex off of Calhoun Street and later succumbed to his wounds at the hospital.
A photo posted by Thompson to his own Facebook page shows he and Ellis together with the caption “[r]est peacefully nephew.”
On the evening of Naquan’s death, police arrested Grady A. Blue III and charged him with murder and weapons offenses in connection with the slaying. Blue is being held on $1 million cash bail.
So far, there is no suspect information available in regards to Levonza’s death, and the circumstances that preceded the murder are not immediately known.
Thompson’s death is the third reported homicide this week after Iyeesha Kia Thomas was found shot to death in Blaine Alley and Silas Johnson, a Burlington man, was gunned down Wednesday morning near Market Street and the Route 1 overpass.
No arrests have been reported in either incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406. Or use the Trenton police confidential tip line at (609) 989-3663.
Tipsters may also call the Trenton Crime Stoppers tipline at (609) 278-8477. Those wishing to text a tip can send a message labeled TCSTIPS to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Grady Blue III is no longer in Mercer County Correction Center. He is now serving time in state prison for charges unrelated to the death of Naquan Ellis.