Investigators gather evidence at the scene after a man — who officials say aimed a weapon toward police — was shot and wounded by officers Thursday night in North Philadelphia. Photographs by the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Tom Kelly IV.
Philadelphia Police officials said that, shortly after hearing nearby gunfire, officers shot the suspect near the intersection of North 23rd and Oxford Streets as the man ran toward them with a loaded .45 caliber pistol in his hand.
According to police, officers opened fire and struck the suspect three times after he refused orders to drop the weapon. Medics rushed the wounded man to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition and headed for surgery.
Investigators found a car damaged by gunfire one block away on 24th Street. The North Philadelphia incident was the third police-involved shooting reported in about 24 hours in Philadelphia.
The Gun Crisis Reporting project compiled media reports from the Wednesday night incidents: Media reports: Gun calls lead to two fatal police-involved shootings
The number of shootings by police in 2012 resulting in death or injury climbed to the highest level it’s been in 10 years, according to a recent Philly.com report, indicating that the Philadelphia police shot 52 suspects last year while responding to calls for reported crimes. Of those shot, 15 people died.
Some local media reports included witness acounts that the suspects were unarmed in each of the latest incidents but police say they have recovered weapons at all three scenes. More info:
6ABC video report: 3rd Philadelphia police-involved shooting in 2 days
NBC10: Police: Man Pointed Gun At Officers, Neighbors: He Wasn’t Armed
Philadelphia Daily News: Police shoot, wound armed man in North Philadelphia
Philadelphia Daily News: Cops: Man pulled gun, we fired back
CBS3: 1 Hospitalized In Police-Involved Shooting In North Philadelphia
Philadelphia Inquirer: Official: Guns recovered at police shooting scenes
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