Child witnesses double murder in Kensington overnight

Gurney & Swanson Double HomicideWomen react as police investigate the scene where a man and woman were shot to death late Tuesday night in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

According to police, officers responded to a 911 call at 11:20 p.m. and found a woman fatally wounded on the ground outside the driver’s door of a Chevy Tahoe and a man who had been killed in the passengers seat, at the corner of East Gurney and North Swanson Streets in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

Gurney & Swanson Double HomicideEach of the victims, described as being in their 30s, had been shot multiple times and both were pronounced dead on location by Philadelphia Fire Department medics.

Police said that a young child had been seated in the back of the SUV and witnessed the violent crime but was not physically injured. A neighbor who witnessed the aftermath said that the child appeared to be about eight years old.

As police investigated, a small group of people who said they knew the murdered woman were sobbing as they watched from across the crime scene tape.

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A sheet covers the body of a woman killed at the scene as police look into the SUV. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Tom Kelly IV.

Police said that the shots appeared to have been fired at close range, according to philly.com, adding that casings were found within feet of the victims’ bodies.

According to 6ABC, both victims were shot multiple times in the upper torso and pronounced dead at the scene.

The gunman was last seen fleeing the scene down the 2800 block of Swanson Street, according to NBC10.

Slideshow: Photographs from the crime scene by Joseph Kaczmarek and tom Kelly IV

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