Police look for ballistic evidence at the scene after finding a gunshot victim late Sunday night in the Rhawnhurst section of Northeast Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.
According to investigators, police responded to the 7500 block of Summerdale Avenue at 11:30 p.m. for reports of gunshots and found a 38-year-old man lying in the street. Medics transported the victim to the Aria Health Torresdale Campus where he was listed in very critical condition with two gunshot wounds to his back and one leg wound.
Police said the victim told them he was shot once as he was kidnapped from his car by a group of men in a van at 49th and Springfield Avenue in West Philadelphia. The assailants bound the victim with duct tape, assaulted him, robbed him of $3,800 and then shot him again when dropping him off, according to police.
Police said they located six fired shell casings from a large caliber hand gun in the street where the victim was found.
Update: Local media reported earlier that the victim told police he was returning from a local casino when he was attacked, but it is now not clear where he had been; the casino denies any connection to the incident: CBS3 | 6ABC | NBC10 | FOX29 | Philly.com
In an earlier Sunday night incident, a 26-year-old man was shot inside his home on East Woodlawn Avenue, near Chelten and Chew Avenues in Germantown at about 9 p.m. Police rushed to victim to Einstein Medical Center, where he was reported in stable condition with a shoulder wound. According to a report from NBC10, the wounded man was walking into his apartment when he was shot by a burglar.
If you want to get involved in gun violence reduction in Philadelphia, please consider volunteering your time or making a donation to one of the organizations listed under our Network tab at the top of this site. If you would like us to add your group to our list, please email us at email@example.com.
The Gun Crisis Reporting Project is an award-winning, independent, nonprofit journalism community striving to illuminate the epidemic of homicide by gunfire in Philadelphia — and to find solutions.
But we need your help. Click to see how your tax-deductible contribution can support our volunteer staff.