The Thanksgiving weekend was a violent one in the city, with six killed in six separate incidents, according to police.
In the most recent slaying, the city's 230th this year, according to police sources, officers were directed to a shooting at the corner of Palethorpe and Somerset streets in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia early Monday by passers-by.
On-scene, the officers found two shooting victims lying on the intersection's southwest corner. The first victim, a 33-year-old man, had been shot twice in the chest and was taken to Temple University hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:29 a.m. The second victim, a 34-year-old male, was shot twice in his right leg. He was also transported to Temple Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a violent robbery at a Pennsport laundromat, police said.
The attack happened Wednesday at about 10 a.m. inside Kin Laundromat, on Moyamensing Avenue near Moore Street. A 58-year-old laundromat employee told police two males entered the business and one of them stated, "Give me the money" before striking him in the head twice with what he believed to be a hammer. The second male took $700 from a filing cabinet drawer and the two fled on foot.
The victim was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and treated for cuts to the head.
A man and woman are on the loose after allegedly stealing $12,000 during a home invasion Tuesday night in South Philadelphia.
The incident happened on Jessup Street near Porter about 9:15 p.m. The 55-year-old male victim told police he opened the door and was punched in the face by a male wearing a mask. The male suspect, who was armed with a gun, then entered the home with a woman and tied the victim up. The victim was eventually able to get free and call police, but not before the thugs stole $12,000 and an iPhone, police said.
The victim suffered a split lip. South Detectives is investigating.
A 25-year-old man is in critical condition following a shooting Tuesday night in Wissinoming.
Police said the victim was on Sanger Street near Torresdale Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. when he was shot once in the upper right thigh. He then walked to a Chinese take-out restaurant at the corner of Sanger and Torresdale, where he was found unconscious upon police arrival.
The victim was rushed to Aria Health's Torresdale campus and taken into surgery, police said.
Philadelphia police raised $11,000 this year to fill baskets with turkeys and other Thanksgiving trimmings for 400 families.
The baskets will be given to needy families identified by the department's community relations officers. Officers and civilian employees each donated $3 to support the department's annual Operation Thanksgiving tradition, which started in 1969.
Patrol officers, special-unit members and top brass, including Commissioner Charles Ramsey, are gathering in front of the Roundhouse (police headquarters at 8th and Race streets in Center City) this morning to sort and fill the baskets, load them into patrol vans and deliver them.
Gunfire left a 19-year-old man in critical condition in a Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood Monday night, police said.
The victim was at Greenway Avenue and Conestoga Street in Kingsessing shortly after 7 p.m. when someone opened fire on him, wounding him twice in the back and once in the right thigh, according to police.
Medics took the man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he remained in critical condition around 9 p.m.
An unidentified adult and a young child were killed in an apartment fire in Levittown Monday afternoon.
Authorities said the blaze began in building 600 of the Avalon Court Apartments in the 3500 block of Bristol-Oxford Valley Road, the Bucks County Courier TImes reported. The child and the adult were taken to St. Mary's Medical Center, where they later died, according to CBS3.
Authorities have not revealed the name or gender of either victim, and there are conflicting reports about the age of the child. There is also no word on whether foul play is suspected.
Police have identified a man who died when he wrecked near a South Philly SEPTA station as Edward McQuin, 54, of 8th Street near Moore.
McQuin was driving east on Oregon Avenue near Broad Street about 5:30 a.m. Sunday when he lost control of his car, hit the median and flipped his car, which came to rest at the SEPTA station at Broad and Oregon. McQuin was thrown from the car and died of his injuries. Police still are investigating the cause of the wreck.