Sunday, August 30, 2015

Man wounded in hail of bullets on Kensington block

A man shot three times in the chest on a Kensington block Tuesday afternoon managed to run two blocks home despite being critically wounded, police said.

Man wounded in hail of bullets on Kensington block

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A man shot three times in the chest on a Kensington block Tuesday afternoon managed to run two blocks home despite being critically wounded, police said.

The 31-year-old victim was on Hartville Street near Clearfield when gunfire -- from both a handgun and an AK-47 -- erupted on the block around 5:30 p.m. He was struck three times in the chest by what police believe were bullets from a 9mm handgun and ran home to his wife, who drove him to Episcopal Hospital, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

He was later transferred to Temple University Hospital, where he remained in critical condition Tuesday night as cops worked to sort out the shooting.

Small said police found 22 shell casings scattered throughout the street and the sidewalk, three of which were from an AK-47 assault rifle. They found the rifle, loaded with a mostly full magazine, discarded in an alley behind houses on the block, he said.

Investigators were unsure whether the victim was involved in the shooting, or if he was caught in the crossfire, and Small said the block is a well-known location for drug sales.

Police described one of the shooters as a 5-foot-8 man who wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans and was last seen headed south on Hartville. Police hadn't made any arrests in the shooting late Tuesday night.

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