Three men wounded — two critically — in overnight Philadelphia shootings

Police search for ballistic evidence after two men were critically wounded in a shooting early Wednesday in the Olney section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

La Barra Double ShootingAccording to investigators, police responded shortly before 2 a.m. for reports of gunshots and a shooting victim outside the La Barra Martini Bar & Restaurant, at the corner of Rising Sun Avenue and East Fisher Avenue.

Witnesses told them that two men had fled the scene in a car following a disturbance.

La Barra Double ShootingPolice then found a car matching the description at Einstein Medical Center with two wounded men inside, including a 20-year-old who had been shot in the neck and grazed on the face, and a 22-year-old with a shoulder wound.

Authorities believe that an argument started inside the bar and escalated into gunfire outside, according to a 6ABC report, adding that police recovered several weapons and were trying to figure out who fired the shots.

In an earlier incident, a 23-year-old man was shot in the chest in the area of 63rd and Vine Streets in West Philadelphia at about 12:15 a.m. He was listed in stable condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

A 42-year-old man was reported stable at Temple after he was shot in the leg Monday afternoon on Boudinot Street near Indiana Avenue and C Street in Kensington.

One resident was hospitalized after he was assaulted during a gunpoint home invasion robbery Monday night in Frankford.

CBS3 reported Monday that Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Penn had been released from the hospital. Penn was wounded in an off-duty attack early Sunday.

Police have charged a man with murder and related offenses after two men were found shot to death inside a burning car last month in Frankford, according to a report from the Philadelphia Daily News.

KYW Newsradio is reporting that a Philadelphia man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for celebratory gunfire, adding that nobody was hurt but that similar reckless and dangerous acts have cost lives in the past.

Finally, a Twitter post from anti-violence activist Scott Charles points out a sharp increase in Philadelphia homicides this year, in spite of the harsh winter weather.

The latest update from phillypolice.com indicates that 47 people have been murdered in Philadelphia so far in 2013, compared with 34 victims by this date last year, representing an increase of 38 percent.

Philadelphia shootings in February were less frequent but more lethal than in January, as we recently reported. An unusually high number of women and girls were counted among the victims.

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