Police hear gunshots, find 2 shooting victims in Southwest Philadelphia

One man was clinging to life and another was hospitalized in stable condition after police say both were shot in Southwest Philadelphia late Wednesday night.

Police on patrol in Southwest's 12th District near the area of 61st Street and Buist Avenue heard a burst of gunfire at 9:41 p.m., Chief Inspector Scott Small said. When they went to the intersection of Buist and Dewey, a side street nearby, they found a 22-year-old man lying on the street suffering from one gunshot wound to the back of the head and another to the shoulder, Small said. Officers rushed that man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was in extremely critical condition. Police said he is not expected to survive his wounds.

Around the corner from that victim, police found a second victim, a 24-year-old man who was shot once in the buttocks. He was also taken to HUP, where he was in stable condition.

Small said one house on Dewey Street was struck by at least two bullets -- one of which smashed through the front window. A woman who was inside that house was not injured, Small said.

Police said no ballistic evidence other than bullet fragments was found at the scene, indicating that a revolver could have been the weapon used in the shooting.

Small said the shooter may have fled the scene in a dark-colored Crown Victoria south on Dewey from Buist. Detectives were checking area surveillance cameras for footage of the shooting late Wednesday night.

In May, about five blocks from the scene of Wednesday night's shooting, a 21-year-old girl suffered a graze wound to the head while inside her bedroom a block from a shooting at Daggett Street and Dicks Avenue.