Wednesday in Philadelphia: Teen killed, carjack victim critical, another man wounded

Above: Police gather at the North Philadelphia store where a critically wounded man took cover after he was shot during a carjacking Wednesday evening. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Three new shooting victims reported Wednesday bring the total number of people wounded or killed by gunfire to 38 in Philadelphia through the first seven day of May. A 17-year-old was killed in Kensington, one man was critically wounded in a North Philadelphia carjacking, and the third victim was shot in the leg in Overbrook. On average, three people were shot per day last year, when 1128 victims were reported in the city.

Victim takes cover in corner store:

Police rushed a 26-year-old man to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition after he was shot during a carjacking shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday at 21st and York Streets in North Philadelphia.

Officers found the victim inside a corner store, according to philly.comFox29 spoke with an employee who said the wounded man stumbled in, bleeding and pleading for help.

Surveillance footage showed the victim sprinting down the block in bloody clothing before finding shelter, according to the a Philadelphia Daily News report which added that he was expected to survive his injuries.

Investigators said the gunman robbed the man of cash and shot him in the back before stealing his car, according to NBC10CBS3 reported that no arrests had been made.

Teen killed in Kensington:

A 17-year-old was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived at Temple around 2 p.m. Wednesday, after he was shot in the back at Hartville and East Cambria Streets, in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

The victim was rushed to the hospital in a personal car, which police held while homicide detectives interviewed the occupants, according to a CBS3. Witnesses told authorities that the gunman followed as the teen entered a home, and then fired several shots through the door, according to 6ABC.

NBC10, Fox29 and the Philadelphia Daily News also had repots.

Shooting in Overbrook:

Police rushed a 20-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was reported in stable condition after he was shot in the leg around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday on Malvern Avenue, near 58th Street in Overbrook.

Seeking suspects:

The Philadelphia Police Department released new video Wednesday, seeking suspects wanted for multiple robberies in the Tacony and Hunting Park sections of the city, including this incident at a Cottman Avenue nail salon — during which gunmen held employees, customers and a child inside:

Latest police data:

According to the latest weekly police data, 899 gunpoint robberies had been reported this year in Philadelphia, down slightly from last year’s pace. Total violent crime offenses were down by 11 percent.


The Philadelphia Daily News has a report on defendants facing trial in connection with the 2012 shooting of 16-year-old innocent bystander Yasin Harvey in the Haddington section of West Philadelphia.

At the time of the Harvey shooting, we compiled some news reports from the incident and a vigil that followed.

The Daily News also spoke with the daughter of Machelle Neslon, who was shot and killed by her estranged husband Tuesday in East Germantown, before he turned the gun on himself.

New Jersey news:

Four Trenton men have been arrested in connection with a shooting that wounded three people at the funeral for another shooting victim last month, according to

The Burlington County Prosecutor’s office is continuing the investigation of the incident that wounded the Bordentown police chief this week, accruing to CBS3.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.


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