Philadelphia Criminal Law News

Eric Early's Bail Set for SEPTA Shooting; Brother Still at Large

In the past few weeks, there's been talk of gun control and subway safety, in light of two different recent events.

Now, a recent Philadelphia story brings the two issues together as bail has been set for Eric Early in a shooting on a SEPTA train last week.

Early, who is only 17 according to KYW Newsradio, is being held on $5 million bail. For the youngster, this likely means that he will stay behind bars as he awaits his court hearings.

The search continues, however, for his older brother who is believed to be the alleged shooter in the attack.

The attack happened on a crowded Market-Frankford train last week, after the two brothers reportedly exchanged words with a 36-year-old man wearing a Chicago Bulls jersey. The older man reprimanded the two boys, telling them to watch their mouths as they used profanities.

The boys exited the train and as they were leaving, one of them fired a shot into the crowded train car, injuring the man in the Bulls jersey along with a bystander. The bullet went through the man's stomach and hit the other man in the thigh.

While police were able to nab Eric Early, Matthew Early remains on the loose. The brothers were identified through video surveillance footage, according to

Eric is charged with aggravated assault and attempted murder.

Attempt is a crime, even if the underlying crime fails. So, if someone attempts to kill another, has the specific intent to do so and takes an action to kill, the resulting crime would be considered attempted murder, if the victim didn't die.

With the recent renewed debate on gun violence, Early couldn't have chosen a worse time to fire off a gun in public. If his case goes to trial, he's likely to face an incredibly unsympathetic jury.

His defenders certainly have their work cut out for them.

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