Motorist spots victim after fatal shooting in North Philadelphia overnight

Photos by Tom Kelly IV A man in his 20's was shot numerous times and killed early Tuesday morning on Lehigh Ave. near N. 17th Street in North Philadelphia.  Investigators collected numerous pieces of evidence at the scene.

Police investigate a fatal shooting early Tuesday morning on Lehigh Avenue near North 17th Street in North Philadelphia. Story and photographs by Tom Kelly IV for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project.

A man in his 20s was shot numerous times early Tuesday morning in North Philadelphia, and was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital a short time later, according to police.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said that a motorist traveling on Lehigh Avenue discovered a man lying in the middle of the roadway near North 17th Street around 3:30 a.m. and called 9-1-1. When medics arrived, they found the victim suffering from multiple gun shot wounds to the head and torso.

Lehigh Avenue shootingPolice say at least seven pieces of ballistic evidence were found at the scene, as well as other types of evidence which was scattered across the westbound lanes of Lehigh Ave. between 16th and 17th Streets.

Most of the neighbors remained inside as crime scene investigators collected the evidence. A few began to emerge from their homes as the morning rush began, and some had to walk out of their way to to avoid the crime scene and get to the North Broad train station.

Police from the 39th and 22nd police districts, as well as homicide detectives and the crime scene unit all responded to try to identify the victim, search for a motive, look for witnesses and to try to find the shooter.

Police hope that numerous private security cameras located in the area will yield clues to the shooter or shooters, and what exactly lead to this shooting death.

The killing came less than four hours later and about one mile from another incident, at which police shot and wounded a man during an investigation at North 6th Street and Glenwood Avenue.

Lehigh Avenue shooting

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