First quarter homicides up 13 percent in Philadelphia; latest outbreak continues overnight

Police gather evidence at the scene of a double shooting on North 2nd Street near Grange Avenue just after midnight Tuesday in the Olney section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

According to investigators, police responded to the report of a shooting victim on Furley Street near 2nd Street and found two wounded men; a 19-year-old man had been shot in the shoulder and a 24-year-old man was struck in the hand.

Investigators found two parked cars struck by several bullets and at least ten fired shell casings from two different caliber handguns on N. 2nd Street, where they believe the victims were shot.

N. 2nd Street Shooting

Both men were taken to Einstein Medical Center and listed in stable condition, according to 6ABC. NBC10 has a brief video report.

Near dawn Tuesday, a 48-year-old man was shot twice on Bailey Street, near West Oxford and 27th Streets in North Philadelphia. That victim was listed in critical condition at St. Joseph’s Hospital with chest and stomach wounds.

Two men were wounded in separate shootings on Monday, bringing the total to five dead and 15 wounded during the last seven days of March in Philadelphia, including eight people who were shot in six incidents reported Sunday.

A 28-year-old man was listed in stable condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after he was shot twice just after 6 p.m. at 22nd and Tasker Streets in the Point Breeze section of South Philadelphia. A 41-year-old man was reported stable at Temple University Hospital after he was shot in the leg shortly before 11 p.m. on East Ann Street in Port Richmond.

The first three months of 2014 ended with 61 homicides in Philadelphia, up from 54 at the same time last year, according to phillypolice.com, and representing a 13 percent year-to-date increase. However, 88 people had been killed at this point in 2012; so, this year’s total still represents a 30 percent reduction from the rate suffered two years ago.

As we reported last week, more than 80 percent of Philadelphia homicides were committed with firearms in 2013, 98 percent of those using handguns.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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