Crime scene investigators gather evidence after a 21-year-old man was shot to death Monday afternoon inside a grocery store in North Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.
Shooters killed three men and wounded two more in separate incidents reported across the city during a span of 12 hours beginning shortly before 5 p.m. Monday. As we previously reported, 19 people were shot over the weekend in Philadelphia.
According to police, officers responded to numerous radio calls for a shooting inside the store at 4:51 p.m. and found the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his head, chest and arms.
Police rushed the wounded man to Temple University Hospital, but he was pronounced dead at 5:18 p.m., according to police. Investigators said that security cameras inside the store captured the events as the gunman walked up to the victim and shot him numerous times.
Police described the killing as an execution after watching video that they say showed the shooter standing over the wounded victim and shooting him again at point blank range. Twenty evidence markers could be seen inside the grocery store as investigators combed through the crime scene.
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Ballistic evidence indicated at least 14 shots from a semi-automatic handgun were fired, according to the Philadelphia Daily News, which added in a later report that about a dozen people later returned to the scene with candles. CBS3, 6ABC and FOX29 have video reports.
Police also found ballistic evidence but no victim after gunshots were reported on 12th Street in the Hartranft section of North Philadelphia late Monday afternoon. A Twitter follower who runs a nearby after-school program told us that she heard a flurry of gunshots at the time.
Joe Kaczmarek of the Gun Crisis Reporting Project was covering the supermarket murder scene where he heard about a dozen gunshots fired at about 7:30 p.m. Police soon located more ballistic evidence at a new crime scene a few blocks away, at North 17th and West Cumberland Streets, and then learned that the victim had been driven to Temple University Hospital in a private vehicle.
The 23-year-old man had been shot four times but was reported in stable condition. Check in for a full report on this incident later today.
The next shooting incident took place just after 10 p.m. on Frankford Avenue, just north of the intersection with Kensington Avenue in the Frankford section of the city. Police rushed a 24-year-old man to Temple, where he was reported stable with a leg wound.
Medics pronounced the victim dead on location at the next incident, after a man was shot in the head and chest at about 2:30 a.m. on Belmar Street near 54th Street and Springfield Avenue in the Kingsessing section of Southwest Philadelphia. Police found the victim inside a car, according to 6ABC.
Police rushed a 32-year-old man to Temple, where he was reported in stable condition after he was shot at about 4:30 a.m. at 18th Street and Susquehanna Avenue, just a a block from the earlier supermarket homicide scene.
A 41-year-old man was killed the latest incident, after he was shot several times on Indiana Avenue near Front Street in Kensington at about 4:30 a.m. Update: Police were responding for reports of gunfire when they found the victim, who had been shot three times, according to CBS3.
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