Two men killed in North Philadelphia; child wounded in Chester County

An eight-year-old boy was reported in stable condition at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia after he was shot in the leg while riding his bike Friday in North Coventry Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, according to reports from 6ABCNBC10 and Fox29, which also tweeted an overview of the scene:



As we reported yesterday, seven children and teens have been shot this month in Philadelphia.

Two men killed in North Philadelphia overnight:

Police rushed a 27-year-old man to Temple University Hospital after he was shot multiple times, shortly after 11 p.m. Friday on West Clearfield Street near Broad Street in North Philadelphia. He was pronounced dead a short time later. Medics pronounced a 26-year-old man dead at the scene after he was shot in the chest around 5:15 a.m. Saturday on North 26th Street near West York Street in Philadelphia.

Gun found at crash scene, police say:

Five teens were rushed to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children after a police chase ended with a crash Friday night in North Philadelphia, according to an NBC10 report which added that police said they recovered a gun inside the vehicle.

Camden violence:

A Camden, New Jersey medic tweeted that a man was shot in the chest Friday night at 27th and Mickle Streets, and was pronounced dead a short time later. Early Friday, another man was shot and his car was stolen, according to NJ.com.

Yet, total crime in Camden fell 21 percent year-to-date during the first four months of this year under the new county-run police department, according to a report at courierpostonline.com.

Gun call disrupts high school Friday:

Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School in South Philadelphia dismissed early Friday after a call to police reporting a gun in the school prompted a shelter in place procedure, according to a report from 6ABC. According to Fox29, the threat was taken especially seriously after a student was expelled for allegedly having a hit list with the names of students last Friday.

Regional case updates:

Police arrested an Atlantic City man Thursday in connection with a fatal shooting in 2011, according to pressofatlanticcity.com. An Allentown teen was sentenced Friday to 10-to-20 years in prison for a mistaken identity shooting in 2012 which left an 18-year-old paralyzed, according to mcall.com. Follow the latest Philadelphia and regional gun violence news on Twitter @GunCrisisNews.

National news:

At least 15 people — including a 16-year-old boy — were wounded in shootings reported across Chicago from Thursday afternoon through Friday morning, according to chicagotribune.com. Keep up with national issues and incident reports on Twitter @GunCrisisUS.

Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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