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Man, 24, clinging to life after double shooting in North Philadelphia

A 24-year-old man was clinging to life at Temple University Hospital after police say he was shot several times on a corner in North Philadelphia. He was one of five people shot in four separate incidents around the city Monday night.

Man, 24, clinging to life after double shooting in North Philadelphia

A 24-year-old man was clinging to life at Temple University Hospital after police say he was shot several times on a corner in North Philadelphia.

He was one of five people shot in four separate incidents around the city Monday night.

A 44-year-old man was also hospitalized after being hit in the left foot during the same shooting, police said.

Cops responded to Howard and Dauphin streets for the report of two people shot shortly before midnight and found the victims. Chief Inspector Scott Small said the 24-year-old was shot up to nine times throughout his neck, back and upper torso. He was rushed to TUH in extremely critical condition and undergoing surgery around 1 a.m.

The young man's mother sobbed at the scene, saying that her son was "a good boy" and usually in bed at the hour the shooting occurred.

"They wanted to get someone from the corner and they got him," she cried.

The older man was also taken to TUH, where he was listed in stable condition.

Police said the shooter is described as a 6-foot-2 man weighing 200 pounds who was wearing a dark mask over his face and last seen running northbound on Howard Street from Dauphin.

Small said police found a surveillance camera on Howard Street and were working on obtaining the footage to see if it captured any of the shooting. One witness to the shooting was taken to speak with detectives in the East Division.

Earlier in the night, around 9:30 p.m., a 38-year-old woman was standing outside her house in the Johnson Homes, on Berks Street near 26th in North Philly, when gunfire erupted in the courtyard. She was hit once in the back of her upper thigh, cops said, and also taken to TUH in stable condition.

Cops said they found 21 shell casings that appeared to be from three different weapons at the scene, and investigators said nobody witnessed the shooting and the victim claimed that she did not see who shot her.

As police investigated the later shooting on Dauphin Street, cops were called for another man shot, this time in Nicetown at 18th and Bristol streets. Small said the 18-year-old victim in that shooting was hit in the ankle and taken to TUH in stable condition.

In Germantown, a 16-year-old boy suffered a graze wound when he was shot during a robbery outside of his house on Abbotsford Avenue near Wayne around 11:30 p.m., police said. The victim's wallet was stolen, but his injury was minor, cops said.

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