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POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013, 10:34 PM

A teenager was shot dead in the city’s Frankford section Friday night, and a 21-year-old man was wounded in a separate shooting.

Police were called to Arrott Street near Penn, about a block from the Margaret-Orthodox El station, at 9:43 p.m. and found the victim lying on the sidewalk bleeding from at least one gunshot wound to the torso, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Medics pronounced him dead there at 9:51 p.m.

Police said the victim appeared to be very young and estimated that he was between 15 and 19 years old. He remained a John Doe around 10:30 p.m., and cops were unsure who shot him or why. Small said he had a bag with him and an iPod with headphones when he was found.

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POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013, 3:38 PM

A teenager has been charged with accidentally shooting his older cousin, police said.

Wayne Mitchell, 15, was playing with a .38 revolver inside a house on Birch Street near Frankford Avenue in Kensington late Thursday afternoon when the gun went off, wounding his 18-year-old cousin in the stomach, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Mitchell left the scene of the shooting before police arrived and was later found in the next block of Birch Street, Small said. In that house, police found a bag containing the revolver and drugs.

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POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013, 3:34 PM

Police have identified a man shot to death in South Philadelphia late Thursday night as Carl Joseph Burgess, of the same neighborhood where he was killed.

Burgess, who lived on the block of Ringgold Street near Tasker where police say he was shot several times in the stomach and buttocks around 10:40 p.m., was 35 years old. He was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at 11:06 p.m.

A second victim in the shooting, a 22-year-old man who was wounded in the buttocks, is still at HUP, in critical condition, police said.

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POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013, 3:20 PM

One victim remains in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after an early morning shooting in Southwest Philadelphia.

The victim, a 39-year-old man, was shot on Woodland Ave near 66th Street at 3:21 a.m., police said.

Police said they do not have any suspects in the shooting. 

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POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013, 12:06 AM

One man is dead and another is hospitalized after a shooting in South Philadelphia, police said.

Police were called to Ringgold Street near Tasker at 10:41 p.m. and found both victims lying on the sidewalk on Ringgold Street. One, a 35-year-old man who was shot several times in the back, was unconscious when police arrived, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The second victim, a 22-year-old man shot in the buttocks, was conscious.

Both were rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where the 35-year-old was pronounced dead just after 11 p.m., Small said. The other victim was in stable condition as of midnight.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 9:14 PM

A 15-year-old boy was arrested in Kensington Thursday evening after police say he accidentally shot his 18-year-old cousin while playing with a gun.

Cops were called to a house on Birch Street near Frankford Avenue shortly after 6:30 p.m. and found the 18-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach in the living room, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. He was taken to Temple University Hospital and listed in critical but stable condition

Upon investigation, Small said, cops learned that the 18-year-old's 15-year-old cousin had been playing with a .38 revolver, which accidentally went off, wounding the older teen. After the gun went off, the younger cousin took off with the revolver in a bag, fleeing to a house on the next block of Birch Street, near Emerald, according to Small.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 5:40 PM

Police have identified a man shot and killed by officers in Germantown and the victim in a North Philadelphia murder Wednesday night.

The man shot by police has been identified as Kyree Johnson, 22, of Johnson Street near Chew Avenue. Police said they responded to a shooting on Wayne Avenue near Berkley Street around 10 p.m. and found Johnson shooting at two men.

Police said Johnson refused to drop his weapon, prompting officers to fire at him, striking him several times. He was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center where he was declared dead. Police said they recovered a gun used by Johnson at the scene.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 2:51 PM

Customs and Border Protection officers at Philadelphia International Airport were hot on the heels of a New Jersey woman who tried to smuggle 4 pounds of cocaine from Jamaica to Philadelphia in her shoes yesterday.

There's no indication whether Iveliza Tuhanna Perez, 25, was flying that plane high on cocaine but police say the passenger packed three pairs of women's shoes with cocaine hidden in the heels before boarding her flight.

Perez, of Camden, made it on the flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica, with no problem, but after landing in Philadelphia around 4:30 p.m., she was referred to a "routine" secondary search by Customs and Border Protection officers, according to a release from the Department of Homeland Security.

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