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2 dead, at least 11 shot — including six teens — in violent Philly weekend

Philadelphia police investigate a shooting inside Malcolm X Park at 52nd Street and Larchwood Avenue in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Aug. 22, 2020. Police said two people were shot there. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Philadelphia’s violent streak continued this weekend as six teenagers were shot, one fatally, in the city from Saturday night into Sunday morning, with gunfire resuming late Sunday afternoon and ending the life of a 29-year-old man, police said.

In all, at least 11 people were shot in the city from late Saturday night to late Sunday night, according to police.

In the fatal shooting Sunday morning, police said, a 16-year-old boy was shot outside on the 2200 block of West Diamond Street in North Philadelphia shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday and ran to the southwest corner of Van Pelt and Diamond Streets, where he collapsed. Witnesses in a nearby car started to drive him to the hospital, but flagged down a police officer while en route, police said. The officer took the victim, who was shot multiple times in the torso, to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:32 a.m., police said.

Police asked anyone with information to contact the homicide unit at 215-686-3334, call 911, or leave an anonymous tip at 215-686-8477.

Shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday, a 29-year-old man was shot multiple times in the chest and a 26-year-old man was shot one time each in the jaw, left arm, and abdomen on the 3000 block of North Water Street in Kensington. Both men were taken to Episcopal Hospital, where the older victim was pronounced dead at 4:44 p.m., police said, and the younger man was listed in critical condition.

Just after 6:30 p.m., a 16-year-old male was shot twice in the left leg at North 19th and West York Streets in North Philadelphia. He was taken to Temple in stable condition.

At 7:06 p.m., police said a 40-year-old woman was shot once in the left leg on the 500 block of West York Street, also in North Philadelphia. She was also in stable condition at Temple.

At 8:20 p.m., a 32-year-old man was shot multiple times on the 100 block of South Redfield Street in West Philadelphia, police said. He was in critical condition at Penn Presbyterian

Once again, the city’s parks and playgrounds served as shooting grounds.

Two shootings Saturday evening appeared to be connected to gunfire at Malcolm X Park in West Philadelphia, according to police reports.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, police said they found a 19-year-old gunshot victim in a corner store in the 500 block of South 52nd Street after responding to a call about someone with a gun at 52nd Street and Larchwood Avenue at Malcolm X park. The victim had two gunshot wounds to his left leg. Later, a 29-year-old man went to Mercy Catholic Medical Center-Mercy Fitzgerald Campus by private vehicle with a gunshot wound to the right elbow.

Police said both victims reported they were near Malcolm X Park when they heard gunshots.

Later Saturday night, police said a 15-year-old girl flagged down a 12th District officer parked at 58th Street and Chester Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia and told him she had been shot in the arm. He drove her and a witness to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where she was listed in stable condition. Earlier, police had received a report of gunshots near 5800 Trinity Street, near the Francis Myers Park, but could not locate a victim, they said.

Police said the girl who was shot told them she was in Francis Myers Park with a large group around 11 p.m. when a fight started and someone fired one shot into the air. The 15-year-old and her friend ran and, while on Trinity Street, they heard another gunshot and the teenager realized she had been shot, police said.

At 3:39 a.m. Sunday, two teens were shot outside on the 5100 block of Lancaster Avenue in Parkside, police said. A 16-year-old male was shot once in the back, and a 17-year-old was shot once in the right leg, police said. Both were taken by private vehicle to Penn Presbyterian where they were in critical and stable condition, respectively, police said.

No arrests were reported in any of the shootings.

They follow back-to-back weekends in Philadelphia when shooting victims totaled 25 in one weekend, and 30 in the other.


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