One teen killed, three teens and two men wounded Tuesday night as Philadelphia counts down to new year

Girard Avenue Homicide

Police investigate the crime scene after an 18-year-old was killed Tuesday night in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Girard Avenue HomicideAccording to police, Philadelphia’s final homicide victim of 2013 was shot to death on Girard Avenue near 7th Street in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia at about 11:30 p.m.

Responding officers rushed him to Temple University Hospital, but he was pronounced dead before midnight.

Girard Avenue Homicide

Police said the victim suffered head and chest wounds, according to 6ABCNBC10 reported that the shooting occurred just a short walk away from bars and restaurants filled with New Year’s revelers. Police are searching for three suspects, according to CBS3.

Five more people were shot in three more incidents reported on News Year’s Eve. A 17-year-old was shot in the arm at about 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Morrell Park section of Northeast Philadelphia. He was reported in stable condition.

Police rushed two men to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where they were listed in stable condition with gunshot wounds following a shooting incident reported shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Reno Street, near 39th and Parrish Streets in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia.

Two 17-year-old girls were reported in stable condition at Einstein Medical Center after they were shot at about 11:15 p.m. inside a home on Temple Road, near Limekiln Pike and East Upsal Street in Eat Mount Airy. According to NBC10, police also found bullet holes in three vehicles on the block.

At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project we listened to police and the sound of gunfire on the streets as 2013 turned into 2014. This audio from citywide Philadelphia Police radio dispatches was captured during the last 30 minutes of 2013 and the first 15 minutes of the new year. (The timeline has been condensed for efficiency: Dead air, repeated messages and unrelated communications were deleted. Monitored via: www.radioreference.com.)

As midnight approached, Joe Kaczmarek of GunCrisis.org took cover under a bridge at 9th and Berks Streets in North Philadelphia and recorded the sound of celebratory gunfire.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday that with the countdown to the new year in its final hours, the homicide total was 246, lower than any annual total since 1967, and representing a drop of about 25 percent from 2012.

Philadelphia’s first shooting victim of 2014 was reported shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday, following an incident in the are of Adams and Tabor Avenues, on the edge of Crescentville and Olney. The victim was reported in stable condition at Abington Hospital.

Police say a 2-year-old child was shot in the arm and leg in Camden, New Jersey late Tuesday night, according to 6ABCNBC10 is reporting that the child was accidentally shot by his father.

Two men became Camden’s 56th and 57th homicide victims of 2013 following a Tuesday afternoon incident, according to the Philadelphia InquirerNBC10 reported that three people were wounded during a New Year’s Eve party at a hotel in Tom’s River, NJ.

Three people were injured in a shooting outside a bar in East Pittsburgh Tuesday night, according to KDKANBC10 also reported that a gun shop owner was shot an killed Wednesday afternoon in wester Pennsylvania.

Several multiple-shooting incidents were reported across the US on New Year’s Eve:
Florida: 3 shot in south Miami-Dade home-invasion robbery
Florida: Two men shot at Tampa nightclub
Indiana: Three people shot early in New Year
Virginia: Two men fatally shot, third person injured
Wisconsin: Police investigate two shooting incidents on Milwaukee’s south side

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