Pregnant woman among five new gunshot victims in Philadelphia

Dakota Street Triple Shooting (pregnant female victim)Neighbors watch as Philadelphia Police investigate a shooting incident that wounded three people, including a pregnant woman, Wednesday afternoon on Dakota Street between 10th and 11th Streets in the Hartranft section of North Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Dakota Street Triple Shooting (pregnant female victim)According to police, a man in a car opened fire on a 21-year-old woman — who is five months pregnant — striking her three times, and striking a 29-year-old man twice. A 24-year-old woman was grazed in her leg when a second gunman returned fire on the car, police added.

Responding officers rushed the pregnant woman to Temple University Hospital, where she was initially reported in critical condition, although later media reports said she had been upgraded to stable. Investigators said they located two different caliber shell casings, which had been fired, and a 9mm handgun from the scene.

Slideshow: Police investigate triple shooting in busy neighborhood on Dakota Street. Photographs for Joseph Kaczmarek.[slideshow_deploy id=’12147′]

Police told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the pregnant woman was shot in the chest, buttocks, and a leg. Philadelphia Daily News reports say that police are searching for a silver vehicle and believe there was a second shooter on foot.

Police told NBC10 that a man on a bike may have returned gunfire. 6ABC reported that the third victim, the 24-year-old, suffered a graze wound and didn’t realize she was hit until she ran home.

In the next incident, a 27-year-old man was shot in the hand just before 11 p.m. Wednesday in the area of 65th Avenue and 17th Street in West Oak Lane. The victim was reported in stable condition at Einstein Medical Center.

Just after midnight, a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg in the area of 21st and Dickinson Streets in the Point Breeze section of the city. 6ABC reported that victim in stable condition.

Mapped: The Gun Crisis Reporting Project has now tracked 61 shooting victims this month in Philadelphia.

(View Philadelphia shooting victim reports for June, 2013 in a larger map.)

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