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.