Violent weekend leaves police investigating 3 homicides



A violent weekend on city streets had police on Sunday investigating three homicides and a possible fourth.

Officers responded just after 2:30 a.m. to a house on the 2900 block of Edgely Street in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city to find a 35-year-old man shot to death outside a party.

Responding to a 911 report of a man with a gun, officers arrived to find dozens of people fleeing the house in panic. The victim, found in an alley behind the house, had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Earlier that evening, officers in the Cobbs Creek section of the city discovered what they described as another homicide victim, a 57-year-old woman.

Officers found her about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, face covered in blood and face down in a bedroom of a second-floor apartment on the 6100 block of Locust Street. Investigators have released few details so far about the cause of death.

Blocks away, on the 5100 block of Webster Street, police were called early Sunday morning to reports of another possible homicide involving what passersby originally described as a man passed out on the highway.

Officers found a black man between 50 and 60 years old with a possible gunshot wound to the neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

And by Sunday afternoon, police had a fourth death on their hands. A Hispanic man in his 20s was found shot five times in the head, a leg, and a forearm on the 700 block of West Tioga Avenue in Franklinville.

He died just after 3 p.m. at Temple University Hospital.

So far, police have not released the identities of any of the victims, pending notification of family. No information on possible suspects in any of the cases had been released.