Saturday, July 4, 2015

5 shootings = 2 dead + 7 injured

Gunfire left two dead and at least seven more injured in at least five shootings throughout the city overnight.

5 shootings = 2 dead + 7 injured


Police officers were securing a car involved in an earlier shooting outside Temple University Hospital last night, when a car pulled up with more bloodied victims from an unrelated shooting. And a gunmen felled three teens talking on a street corner in South Philadelphia.

The two incidents left two dead and three more seriously injured during a busy night that had Philly cops scrambling to at least five scenes of gunfire and bloodshed.

In the earlier case, officers rushed to Percy Street near Pike in Hunting Park shortly after 6:30 p.m. for a report of a shooting. But a private citizen already had rushed  the victims to Temple hospital, where doctors declared Brian Sweet, 20, of Ditman Street near Solly, dead minutes later from multiple shotgun wounds to his chest. A 23-year-old man remains in critical condition with a shotgun wound to his torso. Police listed the motive as argument but reported no suspects.

About three hours later, three teens were talking on a street corner on Taylor Street near Morris just after 10 p.m. when someone started shooting at them, police said. Nasir Slaughter, 17, of Ringgold Street near Moore, was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he died 20 minutes later of a gunshot wound to the head, police said. Another 17-year-old boy remains in stable condition at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with a gunshot wound to the back, police said. And an 18-year-old was treated at HUP for a gunshot wound to his lower leg. Police reported no suspects or motive.

Tipsters in either case can call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.

Police also responded to shootings at Germantown and Lehigh avenues in North Philly, on Broad Street near Ontario outside Temple hospital and at 41st and Ogden streets in Belmont that left four other men hospitalized in critical condition.

In North Philadelphia, someone shot two 34-year-old men at Germantown and Lehigh avenues about 5 p.m. Both men were at Temple hospital, one with leg wounds and the other with leg and groin injuries.

In the Broad Street incident, someone shot a 28-year-old man in his legs, groin and torso just after 9 p.m. He's in critical condition at Temple. The gunman is described as black, age 22, 5-foot-8, with a thin build, last seen wearing a teal-colored hoodie, light-colored pants and black shoes.

Twenty minutes later, police responding to a radio call of a shooting found a man sitting on the steps of a home near 41st and Ogden, suffering from two gunshot wounds to his abdomen. Police officers rushed him to HUP, where he remains in critical condition after surgery. The motive and suspects in that case are unknown.

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