Gun violence persisted with four men wounded in separate shootings reported across Philadelphia from Thursday evening through early Friday morning, and two community events are scheduled in response to the continuing gun violence.
Medics rushed a 27-year-old man to Einstein Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition after he was shot multiple times, shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday on East Horrter Street near Germantown Avenue, in the East Mount Airy section of the city. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the man was shot six times in his legs.
A 37-year-old man was reported in critical condition at Jefferson University Hospital after he was shot multiple times at about 8:15 p.m. on Mifflin Street near 6th Street in South Philadelphia. The victim was wounded in the lower back and both hips, according to another report from The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Police rushed a 19-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, after he was shot just before midnight in South 21st Street near Passyunk Avenue in the Girard Park section of South Philadelphia. The victim was shot nine times, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Fox29 reported that he was listed in critical condition.
Police said evidence suggested he was hurt during a shootout between at least two people, according to CBS3. NBC10 added that a bag of drugs and bullet casings were found near the victim. Detectives were checking surveillance cameras in the area, according to 6ABC.
Shortly after midnight, a 25-year-old man was on North 13th Street near Wyoming Avenue in the Logan section of the city. The Philadelphia Daily News reported that the victim suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest.
According to Fox29, the victim was taken to Einstein Medical Center, where he has been upgraded to critical, but stable condition. Police said that a fight over a girlfriend led to the shooting, according to 6ABC.
Three people were injured, including two who leapt from third floor windows during a gunpoint home invasion robbery shortly after midnight on South 55th Street in Southwest Philadelphia.
As we previously reported, one man was killed and three more were critically wounded in shootings reported across Philadelphia one night earlier, three shooting victims were reported Tuesday, and two 11-year-old children were among 11 people shot last weekend in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said that gang activity, multiple-victim shootings and drugs — particularly heroin — have been fueling many of this year’s murders, according to NBC10, which is reporting that Philadelphia has become the heroin capital of the East Coast.
A suspect on Philadelphia’s “most wanted” list was arrested in Delaware County, and is facing weapons charges and more, according to a report from 6ABC. Police have also released two more surveillance videos, seeking armed robbery suspects after incidents reported in Oxford Circle and Lawndale, as well as in Center City.
Community events planned:
A rally to end gun violence is scheduled for 3 p.m. this afternoon at the Meade Elementary School at 18th and Oxford Streets in North Philadelphia — just around the corner from where an 11-year-old boy was shot on Gratz Street last weekend — according to NBC10.
As we reported in our community action update last week, Heeding God’s Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence, will hold their annual Good Friday service next week at Sister Muhummad/Durham Park, at 47th Street and Wyalusing Avenue, at 4 p.m. View the event flyer on Facebook, and check our report from last year’s Good Friday Vigil with Heeding God’s Call.
Above: Movita Johnson, center, participates in last year’s Good Friday vigil at Benjamin Franklin High School in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia. Her son Charles Johnson was 18 years old when he was shot to death in Philadelphia in 2011. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.
In Montgomery County, police and other first responders have announced that an active shooter drill will be underway Friday at Merion Mercy Academy, an all-girls school in Lower Merion, according to Philly.com.
A convicted carjacker has been charged in Allentown with killing a man who was selling his BMW on Craigslist earlier this week, according to mcall.com.
One man was killed and two more were wounded in Trenton, NJ, Thursday night, according to NJ.com.
Posted by Jim MacMillan.
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