After experiencing a 40 percent year-to-date decline in homicides over the first six weeks of 2013, Philadelphia is now facing a new outbreak of gun violence with six people shot on Tuesday, three on Monday and at least eight more over the weekend.
A 23-year-old man was killed in a hail of bullets on North Hancock Street near West Dauphin Street in North Philadelphia just before 8 p.m. Tuesday.
About 12 hours earlier, a 37-year-old woman was shot to death on South Yewdall Street near Cedar Avenue in West Philadelphia.
The victim was identified as Jennifer Fitzpatrick, a mother of four, according to philly.com, which reported that she was killed in front of her son in an apparent domestic dispute. Police captured a suspect a short time later, according to 6ABC.
In the latest incident, a 29-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds following an incident at about 10:20 p.m. in the area of Wharton and South Cleveland Streets. The victim managed to drive himself to the 17th police district at 20th and Point Breeze Avenue, according to 6ABC, and then was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and listed in critical condition.
At about the same time, a 21-year-old man was shot in the back in the area of North 18th Street and Ogontz Avenue in West Oak Lane. The victim was reported in stable condition at Einstein Medical Center.
A 27-year-old man was shot in the shoulder Tuesday afternoon on the 800 block of West Clearfield Street in the Fairhill section of Philadelphia. Another man was shot in the shoulder during a reported robbery in West Oak Lane.
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