Shooting victim pronounced dead Monday night in North Philadelphia playground

25th Street & Diamond Street Homicide Mourners embrace as police investigate at the scene of a fatal shooting Monday night in North Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

According to police, officers from the 22nd district responded to a radio call for a shooting shortly after 8:30 p.m. and found a man inside the Eric “Hank” Gathers Jr. Memorial Recreation Center’s playground at 25th and Diamond Streets. He was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and back.

25th Street & Diamond Street HomicideMedics pronounced the man dead on location, police said, while numerous friends of the victim gathered at the edge of the crime scene. Police sources said the 40-year-old victim and another man exited a black BMW, and that the second man opened fire and then fled on foot.

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Investigators found no murder weapon at the scene, according to a 6ABC report. CBS3 is reporting that no arrests have been made. The victim’s body was covered with a sheet during the investigation — about 20 feet from a children’s jungle gym — according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

In a separtate incident, a 25-year-old man was reported in stable condition after he was shot twice at about 3:45 a.m. Tuesday in the area of 2700 East Cumberland Street in the Port Richmond section of the city.

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