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.
Medics 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.
Slideshow: Mourners gather as police investigate fatal shooting in North Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.[slideshow_deploy id=’13628′]
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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