Violent stretch persists: 7 dead, 15 wounded since last Friday

Above and below: Shoppers look on as police investigate the scene of a robbery and shooting Thursday evening in the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Medics rushed a 37-year-old man to the hospital after he was shot during a robbery which was reported shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday in Rhawhurst. According to local media reports, police said the victim was robbed of $70,00 he was about to deposit at a bank inside a supermarket on Bleigh Avenue near Large Street.

Surveillance video:

The Philadelphia Police Department released surveillance video from this incident Friday morning:

Wanted: Suspects for Robbery in the 2nd District [VIDEO]

Media reports:

Police told CBS3 that the victim was robbed as he pulled into the parking lot. Investigators told 6ABC that surveillance video indicated that the victim was targeted.

Two masked men had been waiting for more than an hour before the attack, according to NBC10. Police said the robbers were driving a white Dodge minivan, according to Fox29. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the victim was shot in the right arm and reported in stable condition at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus.

Overnight shootings:

Two more men were wounded in separate shootings reported overnight. Police rushed a 23-year-old man to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition after he was struck in the knee, shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday on East Cornwall Street, near Kensington Avenue in the Harowgate section of Kensington.

A 24-year-old man was listed in stable condition after he arrived at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood early Friday morning. He had been shot in the shoulder around 1:45 a.m. in the area of 60th and Master Streets in the Carroll Park section of West Philadelphia.

Violent week:

Since last Friday, 22 shooting victims have been reported in Philadelphia, including seven who died on the same day.

As we reported earlier this week, Philadelphia homicides are back on pace with 2013, after staying behind last year’s rate through much of this summer.

On Friday morning, the Philadelphia Police Crime Maps and Stats page reported 163 homicides this year, two more that had been reported by the same date in 2013.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.


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