Gun violence updates: Teen killed; two men critically wounded Wednesday night in Philadelphia

Pratt Steet HomicideA sheet drapes over the victim’s body as a police sergeant examines the scene where a 17-year-old boy was shot to death Wednesday night in the Frankford section Philadelphia. Photograph for the GunCrisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police said officers responded to a radio call for a shooting on the 1800 block of Pratt Street just after 9:30 p.m. and found the victim lying in the driveway of a private residence with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Pratt Steet HomicideOne neighbor watched the investigation from his adjacent stoop while youngsters gathered on bicycles and women embraced in the alley, after medics pronounced the teenager dead at the scene.

Police said that a loaded revolver was found next to the victim’s body and eight fired shell casing from a semi-automatic handgun were found in the street.

Slide show: Police investigate fatal shooting scene in Frankford. Photographs for the GunCrisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.[slideshow_deploy id=’13910′]

Police told the Philadelphia Daily News that several witnesses were taken to the Homicide Unit for interviews. 6ABC and FOX29 have brief video reports.

Less than an hour earlier, a 22-year-old man was critically wounded when he was shot multiple times on Griscom Street, near Oxford Avenue in Frankford.

Police look over the scene of a shooting early Thursday morning in the Ogontz section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the GunCrisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police look over the scene of a shooting early Thursday morning in the Ogontz section of Philadelphia. Photograph for the GunCrisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Medics rushed a 27-year-old man to Einstein Medical Center, where he was reported in critical condition after he was shot in the stomach, back and leg at the intersection of 17th Street and West Godfrey in the Ogontz section of the city at about 12:45 a.m. Thursday, according to investigators.

Police said that the victim ran into his home on nearby Sparks Street and called 911. A car that was hit by stray bullets at the intersection, according to 6ABC.

As we previously reported, another teen was shot to death Tuesday in Philadelphia. Police have now identified him as Muhammad Munson, 17, of Southwest Center City, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Two more children were among at least 11 shooting victims in Philadelphia last weekend.

6ABC is also reporting that police are searching for an armed suspect who fled after barricading himself inside a Philadelphia business with three other people early Thursday morning.

A straw purchaser plead guilty in court Wednesday to buying guns for a 16-year-old according to a post from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that two men were sentenced to life in prison yesterday for shooting a man and woman to death in North Philadelphia in 2010.

Two state troopers were released from hospitals Wednesday after suffering injuries in confrontations with a bank robber Monday in central Pennsylvania, according to pennlive.com. One of the troopers had been shot in the foot.

Two Allentown, PA, elementary schools were locked down after a nearby shooting Wednesday afternoon, according to mall.com. Police in Norristown, Pa., have identified a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting last month, according to timesherald.com.

In Delaware, state police have arrested a 66-year-old man they say shot numerous rounds toward his neighbors, according to FOX29.

The Associated Press reported that a man has been convicted of two counts of cruelty to animals in Chester County, Pa.,  for shooting two of his neighbors’ dogs in February.

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