Identity of Man Wounded in Pa. House Hotel Shooting Confirmed

James Brown, 18, was shot in the groin.

Phoenixville Police are still trying to ascertain a motive in the shooting of a Pottstown man near last night, but believe it was drug related.

According to Sergeant Joe Nemic, at 6:09 p.m. on May 8, a passenger in a silver four-door sedan, believed to be a Nissan Maxima, was shot by either a driver or a fellow passenger, before jumping from the vehicle at 225 High Street.

James Mack Brown, 18, of the 600 block of Apple Street in Pottstown, was brought to the trauma center of Paoli Memorial Hospital with a wound to the groin from a small caliber bullet, where he was operated on by a surgeon who was rushed in from Thomas Jefferson Hospital. Nemic said he hasn’t received official word on Brown's condition, but the victim is up and talking.

Nemic said the details of the crime should come into clearer focus this afternoon when he interviews Brown again. He spoke with him, briefly, before he entered the operating room.

“All I can say is the motive, at this point we believe it was a robbery or it was drug related,” reiterated Nemic.

Police are still looking for a white male, the driver, and a black male, a passenger, who were in the car with Brown. The black male is believed to be the shooter.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story misidentified the age of the victim.

Concerned Local/Parent May 10, 2012 at 02:36 PM
It is extremely sad to sit here and read the comments from "adults" who decide to name call and pass judgement because a person "DECIDES" to remain anonymous. Regardless if a person decides to conceal their identity or not has no relevance on the issue at hand. You assume that we have not been active in our community because we are not on here boasting about all we do in order to receive accolades from individuals who do not matter. Siince when did voicing an opinion create drama? The drama is created by individuals like you who decides to judge and name call because someone doesn't agree with what you are saying. Either respect a person's opinion or not but for you to judge them based on how they feel, says a lot about your character.
Realist May 10, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Pot meet kettle.
James Smith May 10, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Believe me Pickles, no one wants to come after you or your family for your opinions. As far as people being afraid to step up? You can add your name to that list. It's obvious this type of anonymous chest pounding is what you are all about.
Richard May 10, 2012 at 02:59 PM
The North Side is an issue, period. I've had a family member watch an actual drug deal take place as they were driving to work. They called the police, met with them and the police were well aware of the individual in question. It's an issue.
Realist May 10, 2012 at 03:07 PM
She is Kirkner's lacky
P-villian May 10, 2012 at 03:08 PM
No that is not correct but good try :) I live out by Eland Downe.
P-villian May 10, 2012 at 03:09 PM
P-villian May 10, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Oh believe me James, if we met on the streets of Phoenixville you would here me loud and clear. I stand for truth, justice and capital punishment. I guess I'll see you at the next event and will stand by while you ignore the little people who do the hard work and not stand around gossiping like you and your goonies! Have a nice day :) my friend!
Michael Hill May 10, 2012 at 03:24 PM
If you think I am in it for the accolades you are dead wrong. I spend too much of my personal time trying to make things better and educate myself on what is happening in this town. I really wish there was someone else who was willing to do it. I would gladly hand over the Presidency of the Town Watch over to someone who was willing to do it, and would do it well. I can’t even get people to come to meetings. I don’t want to spend endless days cleaning up the town that just winds up getting trashed the very next day. We all need to be responsible for our town. It’s time we stop just posting on the Patch and voice our opinions where it matters, at Council meetings or any of the other committee meetings.
P-villian May 10, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Well Realist if my post wasn't deleted earlier you would have seen that I think they should all go, I am one of the little people!!!
Concerned Parent May 10, 2012 at 03:32 PM
what is the solution? what should be done about the youth or the drugs or the parents !! what can we as a community do to help the situation? Pointing the finger is the easy way out. What would you do if it was your house--your children. WELL, phoenixville is our house. Let's work together and find a remedy. HELP the people live above who they think they are. Help the children realize they have future!! GIVE THEM hope provide opportunites, counseling, life skills education, jobs training programs. Give them a sense of pride about themselves and about their community!!! WORK TOGETHER- what's hard for one is easy for many. There are so many community service--non profit organizations in Phoenixville doing their own thing and promoting their own agenda and having meeting after meeting. Get together and work on one project. If there is a northside problem-- Then lets have a NORTHSIDE PROJECT. Just like we had a MAIN STREET project. LET's not talk about LET's be about it!!!
Concerned Local/Parent May 10, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Again you individuals assume we dont do our part because you are not aware of what we do. Sometimes its the anonymous contributor who makes the greatest impact. An opinion is an opinion, action is action.
P-villian May 10, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Concerned Parent ~ you have the right idea! But like many other issues, something terrible must happen in order for them to admit there is a problem. Just like being addicted to drugs or alcohol. You can go to meetings and voice your opinion, but does anyone really listen? Does anyone think about your ideas? I don't think so. We pay our taxes, but for what? To pay these people in charge of our town/community for their ideas which fail at times. Do we keep voting them in? Yes, because they make the promises that we want to hear but never follow through, that is our mistake. Never give up on the dream.
James Smith May 10, 2012 at 04:42 PM
To anyone who believes in that the statement above, "Sometimes its the anonymous contributor who makes the greatest impact," is obviously kidding themselves. The people who make the greatest impact are the ones who back their words with action. Real people who give up their own time to make things better. If Borough Council members are the problem and have not delivered on promises or fail to perform their duties, then the answer is get them out of those positions or pressure them to perform. It's that simple. The right way for the Phoenixville community to accomplish this is to come out from behind your assumed handles. Then your comments may seem more believable and your actions real. Community leaders will take these problems more seriously and act appropriately. Since you have made yourselves anonymous, I can only guess you have an agenda that is not 100% honest. I can also tell from reading multiple posts from the same anonymous posters, that opinions change with the wind. No matter how aggressive anonymous posters are with their assertions and beliefs, they fall on deaf ears in the end.
Aly May 10, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I will say that being the parent of a teen in the borough who has been in trouble, gotten involved with the wrong crowds, invovled with drugs I am an involved parent and have been since the minute she was born, going to school events, community events, participating, being involved in every aspect and she still got involved in drugs and the wrong crowd of kids. I don't drink or do drugs and my family is very active in the community but still something went wrong, she actually hung out with this kid who was shot and invited him into our home while I was at work and he stole a great deal of things from my house, am i not supposed to work and be on welfare? ... its easy to blame the parents when most of them are to blame but where is the solution? there are so many days i drive home and see groups of kids just wandering around doing nothing and that is a recipe for trouble. Sure we have a great YMCA but I can't afford it and i make decent money so i'm sure half the town can't afford it either, sure we have the civic center but have any of you ever been in there it smells like dead cats and old feet. We have nothing for these kids to do they are bored and bordem create trouble.. its sad to me that we as adults can't come together to find a solution to the drugs and crime in this town, its not that big for crying out loud.
Michael Hill May 10, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I am sure I am going to take flack for this saying I am just looking for accolades. Both the Community Cleanups included the North side. I have painted at least three abandon building on High Street. I repainted the fire hydrants as well. Members of the Town Watch and I have been taking care of the small community garden on the corner of High and Railroad Street. We organized the cleanup of Andre Thornton Park last year. The Town Watch invited Rich Kirkner to tour the area and pointed out the problem spots. The Town Watch has been doing as much as we can to try and change things. During the Community Cleanup we invited multiple groups and put press release on all the local new sources. If you came out thank you. But we need additional help. If you want to join us please contact us at the Town Watch’s email address pvillewatchband@gmail.com
P-villian May 10, 2012 at 05:20 PM
You are unbelievable. Now you have gone too far with your assumptions. But because I remain anonymous you judge me. You really need to get a life Mr. James Smith. I have a great daughter who goes to school EVERYDAY, gets good grades, and stays away from the VAGRANTS in this town. I assure you that we have been to many functions with this community and have helped many people in need. I do not need to reveal myself because doing kind things does NOT make my head grow, unlike you who has to let everyone know how you contribute to the "Community". You have insulted me and I am the hardest single working MOTHER you may know!! I am not kidding myself and will remain FOREVER anonymous because that is my right! So a pat on the back to Mr. James Smith for all he does, may GOD bless you!!!
P-villian May 10, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Mr. Michael Hill ~ I think we got off on the wrong foot. I have read your past postings on different views and how we have the same vision on some things. I will contact you via email to add my name to your list of volunteers. It would be a pleasure to help out and work with you on future events that will improve our community. Please accept my apology. But I do wish to remain anonymous on my opinion. Good Day :)
James Smith May 10, 2012 at 07:25 PM
P-villian- I don't recall blowing my horn about my achievements, but don't let that stop you. 1. Daughter who is great - CHECK 2. Gets good grades - CHECK 3. Keeps away from vagrants - CHECK 4. Attends community functions - CHECK 5. Helps the needy - CHECK 6. Hardest working single mother - CHECK Now go on and give yourself and big pat on the back. You have earned it, or maybe not.
Ike May 10, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Pvillian , i wasnt being a smart azz or trying to find out where you lived . I lived in town over sixty years ,all my life.And when i saw your email addy , i thought that , ,, well pickles , that was the guy nickname who own it ,,and mcgee , i thought was for Mc gargees , who own ithe store before pickles did ... And i do agree with you on most things.And being anonymous,, i understand , for your famliy to hear crap from some of the nuts, just because the nuts dont like what thier father says. I feel the same . I could care less if they would just say it to me . But just look at some of the wackos that post in here.They gett all crazy , ,,,, I THINK SOME THINK THEY ARE ALL THAT ... WISH IT WAS LIKE WAY BACK WHEN MOST OF THE RESIDENTS WERE FOREAL.. SO sorry if you took it the wroung way .
Ike May 10, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Tooting ones own horn is not becoming.The .anonymous contributor MOST OF THE TIME IS THE ONE WHO GIVE THE MOST MONEY TO charities...The anonymous contributor is the one who does it for the feeling he or her gets from helping others.. They are the ones who do the most , give the most. They dont want ant thanks or a pat on the back . They dont want awardsAND YOU KNOW WHAT,, YOUR NEVER KNOW HOW MUCH THEY GIVE OR HOW MUCH THE DO ,, WHY BECAUSE THEY ARE DONT NEED TO FEED THIER EGOS , THEY OLY NEED TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSLEVES , FOR KNOWING THEY DID HELP THIER FELLOW MAN .
P-villian May 10, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Ike~ No problem. I'm just here to voice my opinions not start trouble. Some people get it, some people don't. Very nice to see that you have been here so long and seen things I never have. I respect my elders and enjoy listening to way back when stories, I get jealous sometimes because I wish I had lived in a different generation. I am an old soul that wishes there was peace all over but the reality is I may never see that in my life time. Since I have moved here, 7 years now, I have met very few people that are real, most are just fake! And want nothing to do with that kind of person. But thank you for explaining yourself I appreciate it!
P-villian May 10, 2012 at 08:58 PM
James I'm not trying to get you to like me, far from it. You have NO IDEA who I am, which means I DON'T care what you think, but I will not sit here and let you badger me. Love your check list by the way, thanks. Again may GOD bless you!! I am proud of who I am without the need of any thanks from my fellow man-kind. Thanks Ike :)
Ruth May 11, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I used to think that it was lack of supervision or proper parenting or lack of morals that lead a child down the path of drugs, sex, and crime, but I realize the truth now. We are in a battle for our children and their futures. My children were raised in a Christian home where I not only taught them the right things to do, but lived it out myself. I did everything one is supposed to do to keep his/her child from becoming engaged in illicit activities. Guess what? Once they leave the house, the choices they make are theirs. Drugs are ALL OVER Phoenixville, it doesn't matter if you live on the North side or the South side. I have seen parents in low-income housing raising well-mannered, smart children and others smoking weed with their kids. I have seen parents with six-figure incomes sending their scholar-athletes off to college and others having keg parties with pot in the garage for their children and taking pitchers upstairs for their friends after taking a hit from their kids joint. REALLY? The problem is the influence of the society we live in where music, television, and society itself desensitizes both parents and children to alcohol, drugs, sex, and violence.
Ruth May 11, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I have lived in Phoenixville for four years and until recently, I had no clue as to how many wonderful people and places try to help the community~but they can be difficult to find unless one knows where to look. I am trying to develop and open a Youth Center in Phoenixville based on an idea similar to The Garage Youth Center in Kennett Square (garageyouthcenter.org). It will give the children of the town a safe place to go, teach them life skills, educational support, counseling, activities, and even assist them with their basic needs. I have been told that the crime, loitering and overall troubles have decreased in Kennett Square since The Garage opened. It will also allow all other organizations to have a central location for their information to allow families and children easy access. PLEASE keep your ears and eyes open to this cause for our children...Damascus Element Youth Center. Any further questions can be answered by contacting me directly: lissa_218@yahoo.com ~ Be blessed and come together in unity and we must agree that we WILL disagree, but that we can all still work together.
Ruth May 11, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Please read my posting above...Damascus Element Youth Center. You have the right idea. I was in your shoes too. I also know this young man and many others around the town who appear to be troublemakers. The more I learn about them though and who they really are, the more my heart breaks for them. Hopefully we can make a better tomorrow because the past IS the past. I believe that some of these kids making not-so-good decisions today can turn their lives around and help to guide those coming up in the world so they don't make the same mistakes. There can be a better tomorrow of we all work together.
Muffins May 13, 2012 at 04:06 PM
He did not put in a lot of effort as Councilman, and not much more as Council President. It's definitely time for a change.
Muffins May 13, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I have mentioned to police, have called PPD and then contacted a councilperson regarding the four-way at Fillmore and Dayton. There is considerable truck, car and bus traffic around here. Lots of kids and pets in the area. I did get a response. Sometimes police will sit up the hill and watch. I have seen so many people blow through that intersection, not to mention driving extremely fast the wrong way on Dayton. If we could collect citations, we could definitely enforce the landlords up here, clean up some blight, and possibly get in an agreement with the Italian Club to rent some space for teen dances. Sometimes you have to put yourself out there. Sometimes you have to start in your own little community, baby steps. I sit on the Board for our townhome community because the prior Board did nothing. We are getting stuff done and our little postage stamp on the north side looks awesome. It's easy to complain, but going out of your comfort zone to help out is what gets things done.
Muffins May 13, 2012 at 04:29 PM
While some issues may occur on the North Side, these are happening all over Phoenixville, it's just they are reported because, unfortunately, the North Side has a reputation. I have lived here, 21 yrs. on the North Side, and I love Phoenixville. It has definitely risen from the ashes, but, unfortunately, most of the criminals involved in these crimes are from out of town. I do agree that increased police presence is needed...all over.
Muffins May 13, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Possibly the funds that went towards the Firehouse on the North Side were re-routed for the new trash cans, which, in my neighbors' and my opinion, were not needed. It's obvious that these funds could have been re-routed and put to much better use!


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