Police report trading gunfire, wounding suspect Tuesday evening in Feltonville

Slide show above: Police gather evidence at Feltonville gun battle scene. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Investigators gathered at the crime scene after one man was wounded by police gunfire and another was captured, as officers engaged in a gun battle while responding to the sound of a shooting incident which left another man wounded Tuesday evening at North Mascher and West Loudon Streets in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia, according to police and media reports.

Investigators say police were nearby on Palethorp Street when they first heard gunshots, according to a report from NBC10. One of the suspects fired at the responding officers, and one officer returned fire, according to CBS3, reporting that the suspect was struck in the upper torso and grazed on his head, and adding that authorities said the suspects had just shot another man.

Police told The Philadelphia Inquirer that more than 40 shots were fired at the two locations, and that the alleged shooter had an extra-capacity magazine with bullets to spare when he was struck.

Mascher & Louden Police Involved Shooting

The wounded suspect was listed in stable condition at Temple University Hospital, while the other suspect was taken into custody, according to 6ABC. The victim from the original incident had been shot in the leg and was in stable condition at Temple, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

As we previously reported, a 35-year-old man was shot in the head last week in Feltonville.

In an incident later Tuesday night, police heard gunfire once again, when a man was shot and critically wounded outside a donut shop at Broad Street and Olney Avenue around 10:45 p.m., according to a report from NBC10. Police rushed that victim, who had been struck four times, to Einstein Medical Center.

As we reported earlier, police were also investigating the death of a woman inside a South Philadelphia home Tuesday afternoon.

According to the latest police data, 57 people have been murdered this year in Philadelphia, ten more than had been killed on this date last year, for an increase of 21 percent. However, this year’s count represents a 30 percent decrease when compared with 2012, when 82 people had been killed by this date.

The latest weekly police update reports 619 robberies with guns in the city this year, on an even pace with 2013, and 429 aggravated assaults with guns, down five percent from last year.

Posted by Jim MacMillan

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