Two men shot Wednesday in Philadelphia — one close to recent incident scene — as city outpaces NYC homicides this year

Police gather at the scene after a 25-year-old man was shot in the head Wednesday night in the Castor section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

According to investigators, medics were responding to Magee Avenue near Loretto Avenue shortly after 11 p.m., found the victim and rushed him to the Aria Health Torresdale Campus, where he was reported to be in extremely critical condition.

Slideshow: Police investigate shooting scene in Castor. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

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Police said family members told them that the victim had gone to a nearby store on Castor Avenue and was walking home when a gunman approached and opened fire at close range. CBS3, 6ABC, NBC10 and the Philadelphia Daily News also have reports.

Police investigate at the scene after a 28-year-old man was shot several times Monday night in the Castor section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police investigate a shooting scene last month in the Castor section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Wednesday night’s incident took place just footsteps from the scene of a robbery and shooting that left a man critically wounded last month.

On Wednesday afternoon, a 20-year-old man was shot several times on North 33rd Street near West York Street in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city. He was listed in stable condition at Temple University Hospital.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported Thursday the city has counted more homicides this year than New York City — which has more than five times our population.

Recent Compstat data shows NYC homicides down by 12.5 percent this year while phillypolice.com indicates an increase of 34 percent here at home.

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