Saturday, August 1, 2015

Overbrook shootings leave one man dead, one critical

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Two men were shot, one of them fatally, in two separate outbreaks of gunfire early Saturday in the Overbrook section of West Philadelphia.

Officers first responded shortly after 1 a.m. to the 5400 block of Hunter Street. There, they found a 25-year-old man, unconscious and lying on the sidewalk, police said. He appeared to have been shot once in the back.

Medics pronounced the man dead around 1:15 a.m.

About 15 minutes later, police received a report of an unconscious man inside a car parked five blocks away, near the intersection of 59th and Hunter streets.

Police said the 30-year-old man was found slumped in the front passenger seat of a silver Dodge Stratus. He had been shot multiple times in the torso, according to investigators.

The victim was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was placed in critical condition.

Homicide detectives processed both scenes and are investigating the possibility that the two shootings were related, police said.

The identities of the two victims were not released Saturday afternoon, and there wasn’t immediately word on what sparked the violence. No arrests had yet been made in connection with either crime.


Contact Alex Wigglesworth at 215-854-2305 or awigglesworth@philly.com. Follow @phila_lex on Twitter.

Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443; BreakingNewsDesk@philly.com. Follow @phillynews on Twitter.

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