Week-long gun violence outbreak continues across Philadelphia and surrounding region

Police process the crime scene on the 6200 block of Walton Street in the Cobbs Creek section of West Philadelphia on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, after two people were wounded by gunfire. According to police just after 9 p.m. a 32 year-old man was targeted by a gunman who shot the victim once in the head, the left arm, and the buttocks and was transported to HUP by medics where he was listed as critical.  A 62 year-old woman who was sitting on her stoop was shot once in the upper left thigh and was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she was listed in critical condition police said.  One home on the block was struck by stray bullets investigators said. GunCrisis.org/ Joseph Kaczmarek

Crime scene markers clutter the street after a double shooting Sunday night in the Cobbs Creek section of West Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Over the seven-day period beginning last Friday, 30 people have been wounded or killed in Philadelphia shootings, as additional incidents have left victims across the region.

Police investigators gather as neighbors look on at the scene of a fatal shooting Thursday night in South Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police investigators gather as at the scene of a fatal shooting Thursday night in South Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

As we reported earlier, one man was shot to death in South Philadelphia Thursday night, and another was critically wounded in West Philadelphia.

Early Friday morning, a 60-year-old man was wounded in another West Philadelphia shooting incident, in the area of 59th and Sansom Streets, and was reported in stable condition at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. Nobody was wounded in an Oxford Circle incident, which we also reported earlier Friday.

Police look for evidence after a man fired a shotgun during a disturbance in the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia overnight. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police look for evidence after a man fired a shotgun during a disturbance in the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia overnight. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Armed suspect robbed a storage facility in the Tacony section of Philadelphia early Friday morning, according to media reports. One suspect was armed with a semi-automatic weapon, according to 6ABC, and CBS3 reports that the robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

An unoccupied school bus was hit by gunfire in Frankford Thursday night, according to reports from CBS3 and 6ABC.

Friday’s Philadelphia Inquirer identified three of the victims of Wednesday night’s homicides, which we reported Thursday morning. Jose Gabino Aparicio, Raheem Williams and Justin Carter, all in their 20s, were killed in separate incidents.

Police investigators look for evidence at the scene after a man in his 20s was shot in the neck early Friday morning in West Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police gather at the scene after a man was shot in the neck early Friday in West Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

6ABC has an Associated Press story on Philadelphia Mayor Nutter’s speech on gun violence — with New Orleans Mayor Landrieu — Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington.

We streamed it live at GunCrisis.org, where you can still watch the event in it’s entirety.

The two mayors were in town for the Justice Department’s National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

More than 5,000 young Philadelphians have been shot or killed in the last six years, according to the city’s recently-released strategic plan to prevent youth violence.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Daily News reported that Nutter’s “Sandy Hook Principles,” compelling gun manufacturers to adhere to set of best principles, has gained little traction.

Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Chester Thursday night, according to CBS3FOX29 reports that the victim was shot several times in the chest.

6ABC reported on a prayer vigil held Thursday night in Chester, for the Rite Aid manager who was shot and killed last week.

A Pennsylvania state trooper was shot Thursday in the northwestern corner of the state as a warrant was being served, according to 6ABCFOX29 reported that the trooper was in critical condition Friday morning. Earlier this month, two more troopers were shot during a pursuit in central Pa., according to triblive.com.

A 19-year-old man was shot in the leg on Allentown, Pa., Thursday night, according to mcall.com. Near Harrisburg, pennlive.com reports that a man in Enola was accused of firing a shotgun at vehicle. Police in Bethlehem, Pa., were investigating a Thursday morning gunfire report, according to another mcall.com report.

Police in Atlantic City, N.J., say that a man was arrested after shooting an acquaintance early Friday morning, according to pressofatlanticcity.com. Police said that two Camden, NJ, juveniles wanted for an armed robbery were caught this week after they were stopped in a stolen vehicle, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Authorities said that an off-duty federal agent who was being robbed drew his gun and shot two of the alleged assailants early Friday morning, according to a report from NJ.com.

In Delaware, police say a 12-year-old boy has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of a 17-year-old boy last Friday, according to CBS3.

In Alabama, police are hoping evangelism can curb their city’s skyrocketing murder rate, according to a story at theatlantic.com.

hopA coalition of community groups is asking you to show up Saturday to participate in the Hands Across Philadelphia Rally Against Gun Violence, along 52nd Street from Woodland Avenue to Parkside Avenue, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Please share your ideas to stop the shooting in our community by using the #phillypeaceplan hash tag when communicating on social media: guncrisis.org/phillypeaceplan/

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