#GunCrisis: Philadelphia, regional and national updates

Philadelphia shooting victim reports:

Five new shooting victims have been reported in Philadelphia since Sunday night, when we concluded our Weekend Live Blog.

Tuesday’s only shooting victim was a 16-year-old who was struck in the leg around 9:30 p.m. on North 13th Street near West Cumberland Street in the Hartranft section of North Philadelphia. Police rushed the victim to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the shooter was described as an older male teen who fled on a mountain bike.

Three men and a woman wounded Monday:

  • Medics rushed a 37-year-old woman to Einstein Medical Center, where she was listed in stable condition after she was shot inside a home, shortly before 3 a.m. Monday on East Coulter Street near Germantown Avenue in the Wister section of East Germantown. Police said the victim was struck in the wrist and the thigh, according to a report from NBC10.
  • A 19-year-old man was in stable condition after he was shot once in the chest shortly before 4 p.m. Monday on Margaret Street, near Frankford Avenue in East Frankford.
  • Medics rushed a 39-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after he was shot in the leg shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday inside a home on Hazelhurst Street, near 60th Street and Lancaster Avenue in the Overbrook section of the city.
  • A 25-year-old man was listed in stable condition at Einstein after he was shot around 9:20 p.m. Monday at Ziehler playground at B Street and Olney Avenue in the Olney section of the city. Officials said the victims was shot in the shoulder, according to NBC10.

Recent incidents:

Seven men and a teenage boy were shot in Philadelphia during the weekend. No deaths were reported but one man was initially listed in critical condition. As we reported Tuesday, the rate of shootings in April and May is running ahead of previous months but still behind the pace for the same months in recent years.


A police standoff ended peacefully in Center City Philadelphia early Wednesday, according to 6ABC, which reported that a man in his 20s was barricaded in his home with a shotgun until negotiators convinced him to surrender.

Breaking news Wednesday:

Authorities report that a woman was taken into custody with a loaded gun at a security checkpoint at Philadelphia International Airport early Wednesday, according early to reports from NBC10 and philly.com.

Robbers take surveillance video:

Philadelphia police are searching for two men who robbed a Radio Shack in South Philadelphia Monday evening, taking money, cell phones, and the surveillance video, according to 6ABC.

Officer honored:

Officer Edward Davies was recognized with the Philadelphia Police Department’s highest honor Tuesday, the Valor Award for “exceptional bravery and disregard for personal safety,” according to a report from NBC10, which added that Davies was shot during a struggle with a suspect last summer in Feltonville. View our original report: Philadelphia Police officer wounded

Robber strikes two 7-Eleven stores:

Police said a man was caught on camera at two Philadelphia 7-Eleven stores overnight, robbing one and trying to hit another less than four hours later, according to Fox29.

New campaign to stop gun violence:

Philadelphia’s Engagement Studios is working on a new, innovative multimedia campaign to stop needless gun violence in the city neighborhoods, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Suspects wanted:

According to the latest weekly update from the Philadelphia Police Department, 988 gunpoint robberies have been reported in the city to date in 2014. Check our recent post for surveillance videos of suspects sought by police in connection with some recent armed robberies and shooting incidents.

Conference recap:

We produced three video reports from last week’s Cost of Violence national conference, hosted by Mothers in Charge here in Philadelphia:

New Jersey news:

One person was killed and another was critically wounded in a shooting Tuesday evening in Millville, NJ. 6ABC and nj.com have reports.

In Camden County, authorities are looking for the armed bank robbery suspect whose getaway forced an elementary school into lockdown last week, according to 6ABC.

Police in Trenton, NJ, are looking for two men wanted in connection with an incident which left bullet holes in a car Tuesday morning, according to nj.com.

Pennsylvania updates:

  • A West Chester, Pa., man was sentenced Monday in Chester County Court to at least nine years in prison for shooting a former professional soccer player outside a bar last summer, according to a report from The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • In Harrisburg, Pa., a shooting suspect surrendered to police after a brief standoff Tuesday afternoon, according to pennlive.com.
  • In Berks County Court, the defendant pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-degree murder and conspiracy in a shooting death on an eastern Pennsylvania bicycle trail, according to Fox29.

National news:


Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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