Thursday, December 18, 2014

Police: Victims in Kingsessing shootout that injured 4 being investigated as suspects

Four men were hospitalized -- and all were being investigated as suspects -- after a wild shootout on a Kingsessing block late Tuesday night, police said.

Police: Victims in Kingsessing shootout that injured 4 being investigated as suspects

Four men were hospitalized -- and all were being investigated as suspects -- after a wild shootout on a Kingsessing block late Tuesday night, police said.

Gunfire erupted on Divinity Street near Chester Avenue around 9:30 p.m., Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Four men suffered gunshot wounds in the shootout, Small said, in which nearly 30 shots were fired from at least three different guns.

The first victim, a 23-year-old man, was shot once in the right arm and once in the right foot, Small said. He was taken by police to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was listed in stable condition.

The second, a 21-year-old man, suffered several gunshot wounds to his torso and back, Small said. He was taken to HUP by medics in critical condition, and police said he is not expected to survive.

Police said that victim's 23-year-old brother was also shot in the right leg and taken to HUP in stable condition.

A fourth gunshot victim, a 29-year-old man, suffered a gunshot wound to the groin area, but police said they believe that was self-inflicted, because as officers arrived at the scene, they heard a gunshot and saw that man drop a handgun. That gun was recovered by police at the scene.

Small said investigators found 29 shell casings, most of which were in an alley off of Divinity Street, and that ballistics indicated that the bullets came from at least three different weapons. All four of the men were being held as suspects in the shooting, according to police.

Police said several witnesses were taken to be interviewed by detectives in the Southwest Division, and that a surveillance camera in the area was being checked for footage of the shooting.

The block of Divinity where the shooting happened is across the street from Kingsessing Recreation Center, where six people were shot when someone opened fire during a basketball game in August 2011.

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