Gunfire leaves two dead and two wounded Tuesday in Philadelphia

Slide show above: Police investigate the scene after two people were shot Tuesday afternoon in the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Double shooting:

Two men were shot Tuesday afternoon on Castor Avenue near Benner Street in the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia. Shortly before 4 p.m, officers responded to 911 calls reporting a shooting and arrived to find a 21-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the left hand, according to police. They rushed him to Einstein Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition.

A short time later, a 23-year-old man was dropped off at the Aria Heath Frankford Campus with a leg wound and was placed in stable condition, police said. The moments leading up to the shooting were captured by private surveillance cameras, according to a Philadelphia Daily News report, adding that police said the footage showed a large fight spilling into the street. 6ABC also had a report.

Murder-suicide:

A man and woman in their 50s were pronounced dead after suffering gunshot wounds Tuesday evening inside a home on Clearview Street, near East Washington Lane and Chew Avenue in the East Germantown section of Philadelphia.

According to a report from the Philadelphia Daily News, police said that a man burst into a house where his estranged wife was staying with relatives and opened fire as she sat on the couch, before turning the gun on himself. CBS3, 6ABC, and NBC10 also had reports.

Violent month:

As we reported yesterday, 31 people had already been shot in Philadelphia since May 1st. This month’s pace now stands close to three times the rate of people shot in Philadelphia during March. We will have April data in the near future.

Police officer recovering:

CBS3 featured an interview Tuesday night with Philadelphia Police Officer Edward Davies, who was critically wounded in the line of duty last August. According to the report, Davies was shot point blank with a high-powered handgun inside a Feltonville store where he and other officers were trying to subdue an armed suspect.

Police surge in Chester:

Local, state and federal officials announced a joint effort called "Operation City Surge," intended to flood Chester City streets with police and get illegal guns off the street, according to Fox29. The Philadelphia Daily News added that Chester suffered four times as many homicides per capita as Philadelphia last year and is on track now for six times as many.

New Jersey news:

Cab drivers in Camden say they are nervous about driving at night, following a string of recent robberies inside taxis, according to a report from Fox29.

Another Fox29 report introduced Camden’s Interactive Community Alert Network, a new neighborhood watch program and mobile app through which citizens can communicate with police.

In Trenton, officials say they now have one suspect in custody in connection with a triple shooting which took place last month at the funeral for another shooting victim, according to nj.com.

A Burlington County official said that a juvenile was responsible for the discharge when the Bordentown Township Police Chief was shot in a leg with his department-issued firearm Tuesday afternoon, according to a report from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Shooting in Delaware:

Delaware State Police say a man was shot in the leg Tuesday in the parking lot of a Wilmington club, according to NBC10, reporting that someone fired from a car which then sped away.

Latest school shootings:

Two shootings were reported in two days at Paine College in Georgia, according to CNN. Two men have been arrested in connection with a shooting that wounded a student on the campus of Marquette University in Wisconsin on Friday, jsonline.com reported.

Three people were shot near high school in Washington, DC Tuesday morning, according to a report from allvoices.com. Gunfire has also been reported near schools during recent incidents in Arizona and California, according to media reports.

National report:

Triple shootings have also been reported recently in California and Michigan, according to media reports. Multiple victims were also reported after separate incidents in Baltimore. In New York, the victim’s mother said that an argument over a parking space led to a gun battle and fatal shooting Monday night, according to nydailynews.com.

A 13-year-old boy in a small Colorado town is accused of shooting his father twice in the head and trying to conceal the slaying for days, according to the Associated Press. Separate shooting have recently targeted a horse, three bulls and a cow in Union County, South Carolina, according to a report from wyff4.com.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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