Shooters wound four men in Philadelphia incidents overnight; gun violence continues across region

The weekend began with four men wounded, one critically, in overnight incidents reported across Philadelphia, and with additional gunshot victims reported across the region.

Police rushed a 22-year-year-old man to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition after he was shot in the chest shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday on North Fairhill Street, not far West Susquehanna Avenue and North 6th Street in North Philadelphia. Just a few minutes later, police rushed a 24-year-old man to Temple, where he was reported in stable condition, after he was shot on North 27th Street, near West Cambria Street in North Philadelphia.

The city’s first shooting victim this weekend was a 24-year-old man who was wounded in the leg at about 10:30 p.m. Friday in the area of 61st Street and Greenway Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. Police rushed him to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was repotted in stable condition. Medics rushed a 56-year-old man to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition after he was shot in the stomach shortly after midnight Saturday on Ridge Avenue near 26th Street in North Philadelphia.

A Philadelphia man is in police custody, accused of holding up the occupants of an ambulance — including a patient — at gunpoint Friday afternoon on the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia, according to a FOX29 report. Nobody was injured when a barrage of bullets that struck homes in North Philadelphia overnight, according to 6ABC.

Police say someone left an envelope containing a bullet, a book of matches, and a gasoline-soaked wick on the windshield of a car belonging to a Philadelphia Municipal Court judge Friday morning, according to a the Philadelphia Inquirer. Detectives and the Philadelphia Police Homeland Security Unit are investigating the possible threat.
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A woman was shot to death at about 5 p.m. Friday at a home in Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ, according to media reports. The woman, who lived in Washington Township, had been house-sitting on Mayflower Drive, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Police said that the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds according to 6ABCFOX29 says that the woman’s identity has not been release pending notification of her family.

Police in Chester, Pa., are hoping that a $20,000 reward will lead to the killers of a Rite Aid manager who was shot to death Thursday night, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. The Philadelphia Inquirer spoke with the father of victim Jason McClay.

Police said a man was shot in Atlantic City Saturday morning, according to pressofatlanticcity.com, but early details have been scarce.

A former security guard was sentenced to 18 to 40 years in state prison Friday, after he was convicted in July of shooting a man to death outside a South Philadelphia strip club, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Inquirer also reported that a 21-year-old Queens man was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison for his involvement in the gang-related killing of a couple tortured in a Camden rowhouse three years ago. The FBI says that the man sought in a fatal 1992 shooting of a woman in a crowded Germantown restaurant has been arrested in the Philippines and brought back to Philadelphia to face trial, according to another Inquirer report.

Hundreds of volunteers are expected to come together Saturday on John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Philadelphia to participate in “American Casualties: A Drawing,” making thousands of chalk outlines to remember victims of gun violence. The event is among many scheduled to celebrate Peace Day Philly.

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