Updated: Weekend begins with two killed and five wounded in Philadelphia

Two men were killed and five more were wounded in separate incidents reported from late Friday morning into the early hours of Saturday morning. Three of the surviving victims were reported in critical condition.

A 39-year-old man was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital after he was shot on West Lippincott Street, near 13th Street and Allegheny Avenue in North Philadelphia shortly after 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Police said that the victim had just returned from getting his grandmother a candy bar, according to 6ABC.

A 30-year-old man was pronounced dead by medics at the scene after following an incident at about 1:15 a.m. on Charles Street, not far from East Cheltenham and Harbison Avenues in the Wissinoming section of the city. (We previously reported that the victim had been shot to death but we have now received conflicting information about the possible cause of death.)

The weekend outbreak started with reports of four shooting victims Friday: Police rushed a 20-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was reported in stable condition after he was shot in the leg late Friday morning on South Frazier Street near Chester Avenue in the Kingsessing section of Southwest Philadelphia. Shortly before 6 p.m., a 45-year-old man was shot in the leg on South Salford Street, near 60th and Ludlow Streets in West Philadelphia. He was also reported in stable condition.

A 22-year-old man was reported in critical condition at HUP after he was shot in the back at about 10:30 p.m. on Holden Street near Market Street and Powelton Avenue in the West Powelton section of West Philadelphia. And 47-year-old man was reported in critical condition at Temple after he was shot in the area of 10th and Cumberland Streets in the Hartranft section of North Philadelphia at about 11 p.m.

Just after midnight, a 38-year-old man was shot twice in the area of 62nd and Locust Streets in West Philadelphia. He was reported in critical condition. 6ABC reports that the victim drove himself to the hospital.

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More incidents have been reported across the region: Wilmington, De., police were investigating the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy Friday night, according to delawareonline.com. Police were investigating what led to the shooting of two people Harrisburg, Pa, Friday, according to a report at pennlive.com.

In Dover, De., police arrested a college student who they say brought a gun to class earlier this week, according to the Associated Press.

The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Camden County, NJ, police have reached out to community and civic leaders in their efforts to find the shooter who fired into a school bus Thursday.

In Montgomery County, Pa., officials have dedicated a plaque in memory of Plymouth Township police officer Brad Fox, who was shot and killed in the line of duty this time last year. CBS3 has a video report.

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