- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A 19-year-old suspect surrendered to police Tuesday night in the fatal shooting of a high school sophomore who became at least the fourth person in the city to be killed by stray gunfire in the last two months.

The gunshots occurred Monday during a street fight that was set up after a dispute broke out over social media, police said.

The gunman was “brought there as muscle,” said homicide Capt. James Clark. “He came with a gun and unfortunately he used it.”

Darian Person, of Philadelphia, described by police as armed and dangerous, turned himself, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman. He was being sought in the death of 15-year-old Aisha Abdur-Rhaman, whom Clark described as a “sweet and very bright 10th-grader.” He faces a murder charge.

Three other deaths in Philadelphia over the past two months have been blamed on stray bullets.

On Aug. 1, Tynirah Borum, 3, was fatally shot while she was getting her hair braided on the porch of a house.

On Sept. 14, Megan Doto, 25, who was eight months pregnant, was struck in the face by a bullet as she sat outside. Her baby was delivered by emergency cesarean section but died just over 12 hours later.

Abdur-Rhaman was struck in the back with a bullet fired a half-block away. Police said she was walking home with a friend, past a hospital, when a melee involving 20 to 30 people broke out nearby and three to five shots were fired.

A 19-year-old man was also shot and was listed in critical condition, police said.

Clark said the fight had been building, with several altercations among students that led them to bring people from the neighborhoods into the fray.

“It became a war over Twitter and Instagram, a lot of threats were made and, ultimately, they arranged to set up this fight after school,” Clark said.

A $20,000 reward was being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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