Maurice Tavare

Maurice Tavare


An arrest warrant has been issued for a basketball coach accused of firing a gun during a weekend game at a recreation center in Southwest Philadelphia.

Philadelphia police said Monday that 26-year-old Maurice Tavares, who also goes by Maurice Robinson, is wanted for aggravated assault in the Saturday afternoon incident.

No injuries were reported in the shooting, which occurred about 2 p.m. Saturday at the Christy Recreation Center on the 700 block of South 55th Street.

Police said a 45-year-old man, the coach of the recreation center’s basketball team, told investigators that the gunfire broke out after he tried to defuse an altercation between Tavares – the opposing team’s coach – and a spectator.

┬áThe fight unraveled as Tavares’ team was winning, but the other team had started to make a comeback, officials said.

Tavares then began exchanging profanities with the coach, told the spectator to “shut up,” and told the coach to go to the other side of the gymnasium, according to police.

Tavares began walking backward, police said, reaching into his waistband, pulling out a gun and firing one shot as he moved toward the gym’s exit.

Police said Tavares, of the 2000 block of Harris Street in Chester, fled from the gym in an unknown direction.

On Saturday, police described the game as a league game for 14- to 16-year-old players from the neighborhood, and said about 70 people were in the rec center at the time.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer