Cops probe 5 slayings by gun, knife and crossbow in Philly

Philadelphia police are investigating five killings in the city since Saturday night, including two gunfire deaths, a fatal stabbing, a body found after a house fire and a woman who died after she was shot with a crossbow.

The most recent of the deadly incidents happened shortly after 1:15 a.m. Monday, when a 36-year-old man was shot several times in his torso on the 2300 block of North Cleveland Street in North Philadelphia.

The man was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital at 1:53 a.m. His name wasn't released because his family members were still being notified.

No arrests were made and the motive for the shooting wasn't known, police said.

The other fatal shooting happened just after 11:45 p.m. Sunday, when a man was shot inside a home on the 200 block of South Edgewood Street in West Philadelphia.

Police said officers found Jamal Washington, 41, of Mayfair, on the kitchen floor of the residence, holding a handgun and suffering from gunshot wounds to his head and arms.

A suspect was stopped in his vehicle on the 5200 block of Spruce Street a short time later and taken into custody, police said.

No charges had been filed as of early Monday afternoon.

Television news stations reported that the gunman had shot his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend after the former boyfriend broke into the house to confront the new boyfriend, but police said later Monday that no information on the possible motive was available.

In a separate incident Sunday evening, a 50-year-old man died after he was stabbed in his stomach and legs on the 5200 block of Kingsessing Avenue in Kingsessing.

Officers saw the wounded man walking shortly after 6:15 p.m.; when they asked what happened, the victim pointed at a nearby man and told them, "He stabbed me," police said.

The 53-year-old suspect, whose name was not released, tried to run away and then crawl under a car, but was apprehended. Police said charges were pending. It wasn't known what sparked the stabbing.

The victim, who also was not identified, was pronounced dead at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center at 11:37 p.m.

Separately, police on Monday said the death of a person whose charred remains were found after a Saturday night fire at an East Germantown home had been ruled a homicide.

The remains were found in the basement of the home on the 200 block of East Price Street, where the fire was reported shortly after 8:45 p.m.

Police said the body, wrapped in a green sheet and plastic, was in the advanced stages of decomposition.

The victim had been dead for several weeks, and the person's head and fingertips had been severed, police said. A medical examiner also found a stab wound to the person's chest, and other still-undetermined trauma to the head and neck.

Investigators determined that the blaze was set next to the body.

The victim hadn't been identified as of Monday.

In yet another unrelated homicide, a man is expected to be charged with killing his wife with a crossbow in their Northeast Philadelphia home.

Pamela Nightlinger, 42, died after she was shot with the crossbow in the home on the 3100 block of Willits Road, according to police.

Police said the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute.