Five wounded overnight in Philadelphia; recent crime scenes revisited

Tony Sherrod McAllister HomicidePhiladelphia Police investigators look over a baby stroller left at the scene where a 45-year-old man was shot to death Monday evening at a recreation center in the Ogontz section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Five people were shot in separate incidents reported across Philadelphia Monday night, bringing the total wounded to 18 since Friday. Two of the recent victims have died and five more were initially reported in critical condition.

Tony Sherrod McAllister HomicideIn Ogontz, police responded to a report of gunshots shortly after 5 p.m. and found the 45-year-old man suffering from shoulder and back wounds at the Morris Estate Recreation Center near the intersection of Chelten Avenue and North Smedley Street.

Medics rushed the victim to Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Friends and neighbors identified the victim as Tony McAllister, stepson of Phil McAllister, one of three Philadelphia firefighters who were killed while batting the high-rise fire at One Meridian Plaza on 1991, according to reports from CBS3 and 6ABC.

Police said that more than a dozen people, including mothers and children, were nearby when the shots were fired. A memorial to a prior death was already in place at the scene.

Slideshow: Police investigate murder scene in Ogontz. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.[slideshow_deploy id=’14200′]

Police records show more than 50 shooting incidents at city recreation centers and playgrounds since 2010, according to an NBC10 report posted last spring.

Monday’s outbreak began when a 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg shortly before 4:30 p.m. in the area of Westmoreland and E Streets in the Kensington section of the city. Medics rushed him to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where he was reported in stable condition.

A 43-year-old man was reported in critical condition at Temple University Hospital after he was shot five time, including once in the back, at about 6:30 p.m. Monday on North 6th Street near West Oxford Street in the Ludlow section of North Philadelphia.

The victim drove himself to the Temple University Hospital Episcopal Campus and medics rushed him to Temple’s main hospital. As we reported Monday, 21-year old man was shot and killed about one block away Sunday night.

Medics rushed a 37-year-old man to Temple, where he was reported in stable condition after he was shot in the leg at about 9:30 Monday on North Hollywood Street, near Cecil B. Moore Avenue and North 29th Street in Brewerytown section of the city.

Finally, a 21-year-old man was reported in stable condition with a leg wound, following a shooting incident at Frankford Avenue and Margaret Street in the Frankford section of the city. As we previously reported, police wounded and captured a suspect at the same corner following a double shooting early Sunday morning.

A manhunt is underway for three masked gunmen who staged a home invasion and robbery early Tuesday in West Philadelphia, according to a report from 6ABC. Authorities say the suspects duct-taped and forced two residents inside the home into a closet, according to CBS3. They stole household items, money, sneakers, a computer, and a car, according to

Philadelphia Police released a surveillance video Monday, seeking assistance identifying the gunman wanted for a robbery in Cedar Park last week.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is scheduled to give a joint speech with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu entitled “A National Call for Action to End the Violence Crisis in U.S. Cities,” Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, according to a report from

Three people — including two teens — were injured following a shooting in Chester Monday morning, according to a CBS3 report. The apparent drive-by attack took place just blocks from Chester High School, according to a report form 6ABC.

Police say a man in his 20’s was shot in the head and left critical in Wilmington, Delaware Monday night, according to 6ABC. Police on Bethlehem, Pa., say that a call for shots fired led to a standoff and arrest Sunday,according to

In addition to two people already in custody, Delaware County authorities suspect others may have played a role in a Chester drug store murder last week, according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Chicago Tribune is now reporting that four people have now been charged in last week’s mass shooting in that city. Weekend shootings left four dead and another 14 wounded in Chicago, according to The Los Angeles Times reported that violence claimed 10 lives in L.A. County over the weekend.

A weekend report from the Guardian indicates that more American have been killed with guns in the United States since 1968 than in all U.S. wars combined.

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