Wednesday: Three shot in Kensington, two fatally; man wounded at West Oak Lane hotspot; teen struck on Spring Garden

E. Westmoreland Street Homicide

Police look over evidence at the scene of a fatal shooting Wednesday evening in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

E. Westmoreland Street HomicideAccording to investigators, a 30-year-old man was shot in the head shortly after 3:30 p.m. on the sidewalk along East Westmoreland Street near Front Street.

Medics rushed the victim to Temple University Hospital, but he was pronounced dead a short time later. NBC10 reports that the victim was struck five times.

E. Westmoreland Street Homicide

Altogether, two men were killed and one more was wounded in a series of shootings reported across a seven block section of Kensington in the span of about 12 hours beginning early Wednesday morning. A teenage boy and another man were wounded in additional city shootings.

It all began at about 3 a.m., when a 20-year-old man was shot in the arm at Allegheny Avenue and D Street in Kensington. Medics rushed him to Temple, where he was listed in stable condition.

Shortly before 10:30 a.m, a 38-year-old man was shot four time at D and Indiana Avenue, just about two blocks away. He was pronounced dead at Temple a short time later.

CBS3 reported that this incident marked the 233rd homicide of 2013 in Philadelphia. Police said the killer was still on the loose, according to 6ABC.

A 23-year-old shooting victim drove himself to the 35th Police District headquarters on North Broad Street Wednesday afternoon in the Ogontz section of the city, reporting that he had been shot at 67th Avenue and Smedley Street in West Oak Lane. Police rushed him to Einstein Medical Center, where he was reported in extremely critical condition with a chest wound.

Police say that the victim’s vehicle had been shot, according to a 6ABC, and that retaliation is a possible motive, according to NBC10CBS3 says that the incident remains under investigation.

As we previously reported, an 18-year-old was shot to death on the same corner Saturday night, where we also covered a double shooting in 2012.

Finally, a 16-year-old was shot in the leg at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, at 2nd and Spring Garden Streets — on the edge of Old City and Northern Liberties. He was listed in stable condition at Hahnemann University Hospital.

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