2 Philly shooting deaths add to week's grisly toll

Two people were killed and another was wounded in separate overnight shootings in Philadelphia, adding to the toll of an unusually violent 3-day period in the city.

Since Saturday night, seven people have been fatally shot in Philadelphia, pushing the city’s homicide total up by 25 percent for the year to date compared with 2016. Several more people have been wounded in other shootings over the past week, and a recent attack on a mentally challenged man, which was recorded on video, has gone viral.

The two most recent killings happened late Monday night, and police said Tuesday that investigators are continuing to seek suspects in both cases:

  • Shortly after 10:30 p.m., 29-year-old Javier Osorio-Benites was shot once in the chest during an argument inside a home on the 3000 block of Percy Street in North Philadelphia. He was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:06 p.m.
  • Just before 11:45 p.m., a 56-year-old man was shot in the head on the 600 block of North Shedwick Street in Mantua. The victim, whose name was not released Tuesday, was pronounced dead at Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center at 11:49 p.m. No motive for the slaying was known.

Also overnight, a 25-year-old man was critically wounded when he was shot in his stomach near Frankford and Adams Avenues in the city’s Frankford section. Several men were seen fleeing the scene.

Those shootings came after a grim period in which five people were fatally shot across Philadelphia between Saturday evening and early Monday. Those deaths included a young couple who were killed execution-style in a car on a quiet block in East Mount Airy on Sunday.

No arrests have been announced in any of the recent homicides.

Separately, police on Monday announced that two teenagers were facing attempted murder charges in a shooting last month that injured 10 people in North Philadelphia.

As of Monday night, Philadelphia police had recorded 136 homicides in the city for the year to date, a 25 percent increase over the 109 slayings recorded for the same period in 2016.

In response to the gun violence in the city, columnist Helen Ubiñas is organizing a June 15 event at the Art Museum to raise awareness.