The Piazza was originally presented as a neighborhood gathering place, family friendly. It has turned into a big nuisance bar. If it disappeared tomorrow, I would be thrilled.
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"It does get crazy during the night and attracts all types of riff raff," echoed a nearby kitchen worker, who also asked that his identity not be revealed. "When I worked at Darling's [Diner] overnight, I used to see a lot of fist fights, food fighting and sexual interactions at The Piazza. But a shooting? Never."
"Now that I think about it, it was bound to happen, even though I used to think security would be too tight," he continued. "It's Philly and it's getting hot out. People are getting hot and bothered and they don't know how to act. Things like this happen all over the city – it could happen anywhere."
In this case, the victim, who would have turned 25 in about two weeks, is not unknown to Philadelphia police. Kimble was due in court on July 18 to face allegations of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment following an arrest in November, according to court documents. He was also accused of violating the probation handed down to him in a separate case five years ago.
In that incident, Kimble was charged with criminal conspiracy to commit robbery inflicting serious bodily injury, theft, assault, reckless endangerment and firearms offenses. He pleaded guilty to robbery with the threat of immediate serious injury and was sentenced to a two to four-year prison term and four years of probation. "