Child wounded in double shooting; May begins with 16 people shot in Philadelphia

Slide show above: Police search for ballistic evidence at the scene where a child was wounded in a double shooting Friday night in Lawncrest. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

A 12-year-old boy was shot in the leg and a 21-year-old man was critically wounded in a shooting incident Friday night in the Lawncrest section of Philadelphia. Fourteen more shooting victims have been reported in the city since Thursday morning.

Child shot in Lawncrest:

Medics rushed the wounded child to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and police took the adult victim to Einstein Medical Center after shots were fired shortly after 9 p.m. on Van Kirk Street near Rising Sun Avenue.

Police believed that the 21-year-old was the intended target of the attack, according to 6ABC. Both victims were crossing the street when they were struck, according to CBS3.

Police said that child resides near the shooting scene, according to an NBC10 report, which added that they suspect he was an innocent bystander. Fox29 reported that the boy was in stable condition. Police reported no immediate arrests, according to Philly.com.

Three more children shot during past month:

Three 11-year-old children have also been shot over the past four weeks in Philadelphia. A girl was killed and a boy was critically wounded in separate incidents on the first weekend of April, and another boy was struck one week later.

Children shot last year in Philadelphia:

According to the annual murder and shooting analysis recently released by the Philadelphia Police department, 95 city shooting victims reported last year were 17 years of age or younger, including five victims who were ten years of age or younger.

Friday’s first double shooting:

Two men were listed in stable condition at Temple University Hospital after they were wounded in a double shooting around 2:45 p.m. Friday on Hope Street, neat Front and Somerset Streets in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia bike patrol officers heard the shots and were the first on the scene, according to CBS3. No officers were injured, but police were investigating if a bullet fragment hit an officer’s vest, according to Fox29. Police told 6ABC that each of the victims -- ages 31 and 38 -- sustained a gunshot wound to the buttocks.

Latest Philadelphia shootings:

Police rushed a 51-year-old man to Temple University Hospital, where he was reported stable after he was shot in the arm and leg during an attempted robbery around 9:45 p.m. Friday at West Lehigh and North Park Avenues in North Philadelphia. A 24-year-old man was stable at Lankenau Medical Center after he was shot in the foot shortly after 11 p.m. on 51st Street in West Philadelphia.

Medics rushed a critically wounded 36-year-old man to Temple after he was shot in the back early Saturday morning at 21st and Westmoreland Streets in North Philadelphia. In the latest incident, a 29-year-old man was shot in the leg around 9:45 a.m. Saturday on East Sharpnack Street, near Musgrave Street in Germantown. He was listed in stable condition at Einstein.

May shooting outbreak:

As we reported yesterday, seven men were shot between Thursday morning and early Friday in Philadelphia, and children found the body of another shooting victim.

Victim update:

A 19-year-old high school senior and star basketball player is in a coma and has had his leg amputated as the result of a shooting last week in Brewerytown, according to a report from NBC10.

Peace museum planner reacts to street violence:

An anti-war activist planning a peace museum in Philadelphia says that street violence has made a mockery of our moniker -- the City of Brotherly Love -- according to a report from the Philadelphia Daily News.

Gun suspects sought:

The Philadelphia Police Department has released new images, seeking gunmen in connection with several recent incidents:

Gunfire reported at Borgata:

Security found evidence that a room had been shot up after an armed man was arrested for assaulting an emergency medical technician at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spam Friday night, according to pressofatlanticcity.com. CBS3, 6ABC, NBC10 and Fox29 also had reports.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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