Two women embrace on the sidewalk as other members of a group who identified themselves as the Somerset Crew also mourn the death of a 21-year-old man who was shot and killed on the 300 block of East Somerset Street in the Kensington section of Philadelphia late Saturday afternoon. Photographs for GunCrisis.org by Joseph Kaczmarek. More: joekaczmarek.blogspot.com
At left, a mother and daughter look on as police investigate at the crime scene.
Neighbors say that a gunman started shooting randomly on East Somerset Street, leading people to run when a bullet stuck the victim.
Police reported that the 21-year-old man was shot once in the head and pronounced at the scene.
At the time of the shooting, neighbors were holding a block party to celebrate a child’s birthday on Ormes Street, just a few houses away from where the victim fell.
Several other people were shot in separate incidents across Philadelphia on Saturday.
A 48-year-old man was hospitalized in stable condition after he was shot in the area of C Street and Allegheny Avenue shortly after midnight. At about the same time, a 28-year-old woman was shot twice in the back at Emerald and Cumberland Streets.
A 36-year-old man was stable after he was shot in the arm around 2 a.m. at Mutter and Cambria Streets. Two people were shot in the White Hall projects around 9 p.m. A 22-year-old man was in critical condition and a 16-year-old was stable.
The Somerset Crew spent the rest of the afternoon around a sidewalk memorial; smoking, drinking, crying and burning money over candles in memory of their friend.