Philly Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder for Park Shooting in Bristol
A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty today to attempted murder for his role in a shooting at a Bristol Township basketball park in March 2019.
Taariq Alfons Norris, 26, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, persons not to possess a firearm, possession of a firearm without a license, and possession of an instrument of crime.
As part of the plea, the charge of person not to possess a firearm was amended to a felony of the first degree.
A jury trial before Common Pleas Judge C. Theodore Fritsch began on Friday, and there had been two days of testimony this week before Wednesday’s guilty plea.
“Deputy District Attorney Tom Gannon, Bristol Township Sgt. Michael Slaughter and Bucks County Detective Tim Campbell did an incredible job presenting this difficult case to the jury,”
Slaughter was recently promoted to the rank of Sargent in a ceremony last month by township police.
District Attorney Matt Weintraub said. “I am convinced that case presentation against this defendant caused him to plead guilty midway through his trial. I want this to send a strong message to our community that we will fight to protect you even under the most challenging circumstances.”
Norris will next appear in court for sentencing, which was deferred for 90 days as a pre-sentence investigation is conducted.
The charges against Norris followed a thorough investigation by Slaughter and Campbell.
Norris was arrested in October 2019 after a months-long investigation into the March attack that saw a man shot several times at the park, in a park on the 1200 block of Marie Lowe Drive
Security cameras captured Norris and an unidentified male exit a car about two blocks from the scene of the shooting just before 7 p.m. that day.
The two men split up as they arrive to the park and approached the victim in a parking lot from opposite directions, the video shows.
Norris and the co-conspirator fired several times at the victim with Norris appearing to aim toward the back of the victim’s head.
During the shooting, the victim retrieved a gun and fired back, striking Norris. The victim was hospitalized for several weeks.
DNA evidence gathered from the scene and submitted for forensic examination also tied Norris to the shooting.
The second shooter has not been identified and anyone with information about him is asked to contact Bristol Township police at 215-785-4040 or the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office at 215-348-6354. This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Thomas C. Gannon.