Seven days of gunfire leave five dead and 21 wounded across Philadelphia

Relatives walk away from the crime scene after a 54-year-old man was shot to death in front of his home in West Philadelphia Wednesday night. Photograph by Joseph Kaczmarek for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project.

Family members walk away from the crime scene after a 54-year-old man was shot to death in front of his home in West Philadelphia Wednesday night. Photograph by Joseph Kaczmarek for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project.

No gunshot victims were reported in Philadelphia on Friday but the double shooting and homicide near a performer’s tour bus on Columbus Boulevard late Thursday night capped an unusually violent seven-day period during which shooters killed five people and wounded at least 21 more, two of them critically.

A 12-year-old was wounded by stray gunfire during an incident in Olney, a grandmother and child ducked bullets in their North Philadelphia home, and gunfire shattered the windows of a SEPTA bus carrying 11 passengers through West Philadelphia.

Loved ones grieved openly when a community leader was killed in front of his West Philadelphia home Wednesday night. Another man was wounded in Kensington at about the same time.

Two more people were killed and four were wounded across Philadelphia in separate incidents on Tuesday.

A report in the South Philly Review on Thursday confirmed that four people were wounded in an incident we reported on South Columbus Boulevard early Monday morning.

Altogether, eight shooting incidents were reported over last weekend.

Finally, Twitter users were reporting live when police shot and wounded a suspect at the end of a car chase in Center City Thursday night.

A Philadelphia Police investigator photographs evidence at the scene of a double shooting and homicide on Columbus Boulevard Thursday night. Photograph by Tom Kelly IV for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project.

A Philadelphia Police investigator photographs evidence at the scene of a double shooting and homicide on Columbus Boulevard Thursday night. Photograph by Tom Kelly IV for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project.

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