Shooters kill one man, leave two critically wounded in latest Philadelphia incidents

Musgrave Street HomicideA neighbor looks on as police gather evidence at the scene of a fatal shooting Tuesday night in the East Germantown section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Musgrave Street HomicideAccording to investigators, police responded to numerous calls for gunfire in the area of Musgrave and East Duval Streets at 7:45 p.m. and found a 25-year-old man lying on the front steps of a house with several gunshot wounds to the abdomen.

Officers rushed the victim to Albert Einstein Medical Center, but he was pronounced dead a short time later. Police said they located one fired shell casing at the scene and a crashed car with bullet holes on the passenger side.

Slideshow: Police investigate East Germantown murder scene: Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

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A neighbor told us called 911 when he first heard gunshots, and that he then heard a second burst of gunfire while on the line. CBS3, 6ABC, NBC10 and Philly.com also have reports.

This was the eighth homicide of 2014 reported in Philadelphia. Six of the first seven victims were also shot to death.

Next, police rushed a 21-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after he was shot several times just before 1 a.m. Wednesday on Osage Avenue near 53rd Street in West Philadelphia. The wounded man was listed in critical condition.

Police said that the victim was shot multiple times on the porch of his house after opening the front door, according to a report from 6ABC, and added that the man will likely be paralyzed if he survives, according to NBC10.

Another man was reported in critical condition Wednesday morning at Einstein after he was shot twice on Woodlawn Street, near McMahon Street and Chelten Avenue in East Germantown.

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania finds that severely injured gunshot victims in Philadelphia have been more likely to survive when rushed to hospitals by police rather than medics, noting that police may have shorter response times by virtue of how they patrol.

According to the report, patients transported police were still more likely to die — 29.8 percent versus 26.5 percent — but this may be explained by the more severely injured victims that police typically transport, rather than the mode of transport itself.

The study also notes that the Philadelphia Police Department has recently issued tourniquets to every police officer in the city. According to a Philadelphia Daily News report, police say that practice has already saved the life of one shooting victim as well as a man who was injured in an accident.

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