Man killed in South Philadelphia

A young man who identified himself as related to the victim watches police investigate the homicide scene on Watkins Street. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

An unidentified 19-year-old man was fatally wounded in a shooting reported just after 5 p.m. Wednesday on Watkins Street, near 5th and Morris Streets in the Southwark section of South Philadelphia.

Police rushed the victim to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, but he did not survive. He had been shot in the back of his neck, police said.

Watkins Street Fatal Shooting

Police gather evidence on the crime scene. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Investigators said they found 29 fired shell casings from two different caliber handguns, and that the incident may have been retaliation for a shooting earlier this month.

Media reports: CBS36ABCNBC10Philadelphia Daily NewsThe Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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