Weekend gun violence intensifies across Philadelphia: 2 dead, 13 wounded

E Johnson Street Double Shooting / HomicidePolice investigate at the scene of a shooting incident that left a 25-year-old man dead and an 18-year-old woman wounded Saturday evening on East Johnson Street near Stenton Avenue in the East Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

On Saturday, street-level police sources expressed dread at the violence that could come with predicted warm weather and Christmas approaching, and they were unfortunately correct, as we saw six people shot in less than three hours, beginning at about 7 p.m.

The slow-motion citywide holiday tragedy continued early Sunday morning as two more shooting victims brought the weekend totals in Philadelphia to two dead, five critically wounded and and eight more reported in stable condition at area hospitals.

As we previously reported, seven people were shot in Philadelphia from Friday night through early Saturday morning. Another man had been shot to death early Friday.

E Johnson Street Double Shooting / HomicideIn East Mount Airy Saturday evening, police were notified just before 7:30 p.m. that a 25-year-old man had been dropped off at Einstein Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds, according to police. 6ABC reported that he had been shot three times in the torso and pronounced dead a short time later.

E Johnson Street Double Shooting / HomicideAt about the same time, officers responded to the 1300 block of East Johnson Street and found an 18-year-old woman who had been shot once in the right foot. Medics rushed her to Einstein, where she was reported in stable condition, police said.

The first incident of the evening took place just after 6 p.m. on North Front Street near West Champlost Avenue in the Olney section of the city. A 25-year-old was reported in stable condition at Einstein with a gunshot wound to the back.

The next shooting was reported just after 7 p.m. in the area of 18th and Oxford Streets in North Philadelphia. Police rushed a 31-year-old man who had been shot in the abdomen to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

A 15-year-old boy was shot a few minutes later in North Philadelphia, in the area of 28th and Dauphin Streets. Police rushed him to Temple University Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition.

Police rushed a 25-year-old man to Temple, where he was reported to be stable after he was shot once at about 8:20 p.m. in the area of North 24th Street and West Indiana Avenue on the edge of the Swampoodle section of North Philadelphia.

CBS3 and NBC10 also compiled reports on the outburst of evening shootings, and two more men were wounded in overnight shootings.

Medics rushed a 20-year-old to Temple, where he was reported in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds following an incident reported shortly before 3:30 a.m. on Frankford Avenue near East Birch Street in Kensington. Investigators say the man had been shot three times in the abdomen and once in the head, according to NBC10.

A 23-year-old man was reported in stable condition at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, after he was shot in the leg shortly before 4 a.m. in the area of Grays Avenue and South 54th Street in Southwest Philadelphia.

In Trenton, NJ, about 35 miles form Philadelphia, one person was killed and five were wounded in a drive-by shooting Saturday night, according to a repot from 6ABC.

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