Two men bound, shot and left on secluded street

Slide show above: Police investigate, news crews report and children peek at the scene of a double shooting in Crescentville. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police collected evidence the scene after finding two gunshot victims Thursday evening in the Crescentville section of Philadelphia. According to officials, police were called to the area Newtown Avenue between Adams Avenue and Godfrey Avenue at about 5:45 p.m.

Medics pronounced one man dead at the scene. A police source identified that victim as Carl Johnson, 29, accordion to the Philadelphia Daily News.

The second victim was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center, according to 6ABC. Fox29 reported that he was listed in critical but stable condition.

Police said both men were duct-taped, according to CBS3, the Associated Press reported that both were shot multiple times, and The Philadelphia Inquirer added that at least six shell casings were found at the location. Police are looking for a van, although they haven’t released a description, according to NBC10.

Shooting victims in Kingsessing:

Two men were shot in separate incidents reported Thursday afternoon and evening in the Kingsessing section of Southwest Philadelphia. Police rushed a 20-year-old man the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was listed in stable condition after he was shot in the leg at about 4:30 p.m. on South 56th Street near Thomas Avenue. Shortly before 10 p.m., police rushed a 46-year-old man to HUP, where he was also reported stable with a leg wound.

As we previoulsy reported, two men were shot in even closer proximity in separate incidents which took place Wednesday evening and Thursday morning in the Kensington section of the city.

Campus alert:

Temple University alerted their community to a gunpoint robbery close to the edge of the main campus in North Philadelphia late Thursday night, urging anyone with information to call police and for students in the area to be cautious. Last week, a mother and son were visiting the university when a stray bullet shattered their car window, as we previously reported.

Data:

A new long-term study focusing mostly on young people in Philadelphia correlates hopelessness with the likelihood of committing criminal offenses, as reported by the Philadelphia Daily News.

Community:

Heeding God’s Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence, will hold their annual Good Friday service today at 4 p.m. at Sister Muhummad/Durham Park, at 47th Street and Wyalusing Avenue, at 4 p.m. Get the event info on Facebook, and check our report from last year’s vigil.

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Vigil illuminates lives lost as well as progress in Philadelphia

Slide show above: Service remembers Philadelphia homicide victims. Photographs by Melissa Kelly / Saint Joseph’s University.

Last week, the Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence at Saint Joseph’s University hosted their 8th annual vigil to honor Philadelphia’s homicide victims – in this case remembering the 247 people killed in 2013. Maria Kefalas, director of the center, pointed to the progress made since their first vigil, which called for 400 candles.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter remarked that the best way to end violence and poverty is to fund education, but also added that “nothing beats community engagement,” suggesting that citizens who become active in their neighborhoods can help change the mindset of a young person who might use a weapon to address a disagreement; to shoot and possibly kill another human being. Deputy Mayors Everett Gillison and Richard Negrin read the names of all 247 victims during the lighting ceremony.

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#GunCrisis Updates: Vigil in Chester County; shootings continue in Philadelphia

Slide show above: The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County held their annual candlelight vigil and memorial service Thursday night, to remember homicide victims, and law enforcement personnel who have fallen in the line of duty. Read the full story at dailylocal.com. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Tom Kelly IV.

The latest stretch of Philadelphia gun violence extended into the weekend with five men shot in four separate incidents beginning late Friday afternoon, as well as one accidental shooting.

  • Police rushed a 22-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was listed in critical condition after he was shot at about 4:45 p.m. Friday on South 54th Street near Upland Street in the Kingsessing section of Southwest Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Inquirer and Fox29 have brief reports.
  • Two men were reported in stable condition with leg wounds at the Temple University Hospital Episcopal Campus after they were shot at about 9:45 p.m. on North Lawrence Street, near West Cumberland and North 5th Streets in Fairhill.
  • Police rushed an 18-year-old to Temple University Hospital, where he was reported stable with a leg wound after he was shot on West Huntington Street near North Franklin Street in Fairhill shortly after 10:30 p.m.
  • A 20-year-old man was listed in stable condition at Einstein Medical Center after he was shot in the arm just after 10 p.m. on East Haines Street near Baynton Street in East Germantown.

As we previously reported, four were men shot in six hours Thursday night in Philadelphia, one man was killed and three more were critically wounded one night earlier, three shooting victims were reported Tuesday, and two 11-year-old children were among 11 people shot last weekend in the city.

Additional reports:

  • A 25-year-old man was treated for a leg wound after a weapon fired accidentally inside a car early Saturday on Grant Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia.
  • Temple University alerted their community after gunfire was reported on the edge of campus Friday afternoon. According to CBS3, a mother and son were visiting the university when a bullet shattered their car window.
  • Philadelphia Police have one suspect in custody and are seeking another in connection with the shooting of an 11-year-old boy last weekend, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
  • Police have also identified a suspect in connection with a sex assault and robbery in Center City, Philly.com reports.

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Four men shot in six hours Thursday night in Philadelphia; community responding

Above: Police investigate shooting scene on North 13th Street in Logan early Friday. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Gun violence persisted with four men wounded in separate shootings reported across Philadelphia from Thursday evening through early Friday morning, and two community events are scheduled in response to the continuing gun violence.

Medics rushed a 27-year-old man to Einstein Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition after he was shot multiple times, shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday on East Horrter Street near Germantown Avenue, in the East Mount Airy section of the city. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the man was shot six times in his legs.

A 37-year-old man was reported in critical condition at Jefferson University Hospital after he was shot multiple times at about 8:15 p.m. on Mifflin Street near 6th Street in South Philadelphia. The victim was wounded in the lower back and both hips, according to another report from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Above: Police gather at the shooting scene Thursday night on Mifflin Street in South Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police rushed a 19-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, after he was shot just before midnight in South 21st Street near Passyunk Avenue in the Girard Park section of South Philadelphia. The victim was shot nine times, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Fox29 reported that he was listed in critical condition.

Police said evidence suggested he was hurt during a shootout between at least two people, according to CBS3. NBC10 added that a bag of drugs and bullet casings were found near the victim. Detectives were checking surveillance cameras in the area, according to 6ABC.

Shortly after midnight, a 25-year-old man was on North 13th Street near Wyoming Avenue in the Logan section of the city. The Philadelphia Daily News reported that the victim suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest.

13th Street Shooting
Above: Police investigate shooting scene on North 13th Street in Logan early Friday. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

According to Fox29, the victim was taken to Einstein Medical Center, where he has been upgraded to critical, but stable condition. Police said that a fight over a girlfriend led to the shooting, according to 6ABC.

Three people were injured, including two who leapt from third floor windows during a gunpoint home invasion robbery shortly after midnight on South 55th Street in Southwest Philadelphia.

As we previously reported, one man was killed and three more were critically wounded in shootings reported across Philadelphia one night earlier, three shooting victims were reported Tuesday, and two 11-year-old children were among 11 people shot last weekend in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said that gang activity, multiple-victim shootings and drugs — particularly heroin — have been fueling many of this year’s murders, according to NBC10, which is reporting that Philadelphia has become the heroin capital of the East Coast.

A suspect on Philadelphia’s “most wanted” list was arrested in Delaware County, and is facing weapons charges and more, according to a report from 6ABC. Police have also released two more surveillance videos, seeking armed robbery suspects after incidents reported in Oxford Circle and Lawndale, as well as in Center City.

Community events planned:

A rally to end gun violence is scheduled for 3 p.m. this afternoon at the Meade Elementary School at 18th and Oxford Streets in North Philadelphia — just around the corner from where an 11-year-old boy was shot on Gratz Street last weekend — according to NBC10.

As we reported in our community action update last week, Heeding God’s Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence, will hold their annual Good Friday service next week at Sister Muhummad/Durham Park, at 47th Street and Wyalusing Avenue, at 4 p.m. View the event flyer on Facebook, and check our report from last year’s Good Friday Vigil with Heeding God’s Call.

Good Friday Vigil
Above: Movita Johnson, center, participates in last year’s Good Friday vigil at Benjamin Franklin High School in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia. Her son Charles Johnson was 18 years old when he was shot to death in Philadelphia in 2011. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

In Montgomery County, police and other first responders have announced that an active shooter drill will be underway Friday at Merion Mercy Academy, an all-girls school in Lower Merion, according to Philly.com.

A convicted carjacker has been charged in Allentown with killing a man who was selling his BMW on Craigslist earlier this week, according to mcall.com.

The Facebook page managed by Camden: Stop the Trauma, Violence and Murder has identified the man found shot to death in a car earlier this week in Camden, NJ, as James Lindsey, 33.

One man was killed and two more were wounded in Trenton, NJ, Thursday night, according to NJ.com.

Keep up with Philadelphia and regional news on Twitter @GunCrisisNews and follow national issues and incidents @GunCrisisUS.

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One man killed, three critically wounded in latest Philadelphia shootings

Slide show above: Neighbors look on as loved ones gather at the Crescentville shooting scene Wednesday night. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Two men were wounded, one fatally, in a shooting inside a home late Wednesday night, on F Street near Whitaker Avenue in the Crescentville section of Philadelphia. Medics pronounced one man dead on location with a head wound and rushed a 27-year-old man to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds.

According to investigators, police received numerous 911 calls at 11:45 p.m., and responded to find the victims in a second floor bedroom. Several friends and family members rushed to the scene, including one woman who attempted to run past police and into the home but was stopped at the front door by several officers, while several neighbors looked on from surrounding homes. CBS3, NBC10 and Fox29 have reports.

Earlier Wednesday night, police rushed a 19-year-old man to Temple, after he was critically wounded in a shooting on East Willard Street, near G and East Westmoreland Streets in Kensington. The victim was shot twice in the back and twice in the right forearm, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Police told the Philadelphia Daily News that the wounded man was expected to survive.

Medics rushed a 30-year-old man to Temple, where he was listed in critical condition after he was shot twice on East Cayuga Street near H Street early Thursday, in the Hunting Park section of the city. The shooter robbed the victim outside a bar, according to reports from 6ABC, NBC10 and Fox29.

No injuries were reported but personal property was taken during a gunpoint home invasion robbery reported around 9:30 a.m. Thursday on South Franklin Street, near 8th and Ritner Streets in South Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Police Department released surveillance video Wednesday, in hopes of identifying the suspects wanted in connection with a recent gun battle inside a motor inn on Roosevelt Boulevard in the Rhawnhurst section of the city.

Police have also released video seeking the suspects wanted in connection with a gunpoint robbery Wednesday at a donut shop on North Broad Street near Allegheny Avenue in Lower Tioga.

NBC10 has a video report on the new Speak Up Philly campaign and South Philadelphia town hall forum to reduce violence.

Keep up with Philadelphia and regional news on Twitter @GunCrisisNewsand follow national issues and incidents @GunCrisisUS.

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#GunCrisis Updates: Surveillance videos, accidental shooting and candlelight memorial

Above: Philadelphia Police have released video footage in search of the suspect wanted after a shooting and attempted robbery early Tuesday in Kensington. Customers can be seen struggling with a man who appears to pull a gun, as we previously reported.

The Philadelphia Daily News has identified the critically wounded victim as Ali Mohammed. Police have also released new videos seeking suspects wanted for recent robberies in East Oak Lane and Logan.

Philadelphia Police rushed a 17-year-old to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition after he was shot in the arm inside a home late Tuesday night, on Jasper Street near East Tioga Street in the Harrowgate section of Kensington.

According to a report from NBC10, investigators said that the teen and his friend were playing with a gun it went off. As we previously reported, an 11-year-old girl was killed in an accidental shooting last weekend in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia.

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The Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence at Saint Joseph’s University hosted a candlelight vigil Tuesday evening to honor the 247 homicide victims in Philadelphia during 2012. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Jim MacMillan.

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Two 11-year-olds shot during brutal Philadelphia weekend

Hundreds of neighbors came together Sunday evening to mourn — lighting candles and releasing balloons in memory of 11-year-old Jamara Stevens, who was killed in an accidental shooting inside her home Saturday morning in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia.

The child was among 11 shooting victims reported in the city this weekend, including an 11-year-old boy who was critically wounded when he was struck by a stray bullet Sunday afternoon in North Philadelphia.

Two women were among nine more people wounded in separate incidents. Three of those victims were initially reported in critical condition at local hospitals, including two who suffered numerous gunshot wounds. Details:

  • A 31-year-old man was reported in stable condition after he was grazed on his head late Friday afternoon on Rupert Street near Cottman Avenue in the Castor section of Northeast Philadelphia.
  • Medics rushed a 25-year-old man to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition after he was shot in the leg shortly after 8 p.m. Friday on North Dover Street, near Cecil B. Moore Avenue and 29th Street in Brewerytown.
  • A 23-year-old man was reported stable at Einstein Medical Center with a leg wound following an incident Friday night on Sparks Street near Ogontz Avenue in East Germantown.
  • An 11-year-old girl was killed in an accidental shooting shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday, inside her home on Wallace Street near 38th Street in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia. CBS3, 6ABC, NBC10, Fox29, Philly.com and The Philadelphia Inquirer have reports.
  • Police rushed a 20-year-old man to Einstein, where he was listed in stable condition with a head wound after he was shot Saturday afternoon on North 19th Street near West Wingohocking Street in the Logan section of the city.
  • Police rushed another 20-year-old to Temple University Hospital, where he was reported stable with a leg wound following a shooting at 8th and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia shortly before 8:30 p.m. Saturday. NBC10 has a report on the Logan and North Philadelphia incidents.
  • A 23-year-old man was reported in critical condition at Einstein after he was shot multiple times, shortly before 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Lindley and Belfield Avenues in Logan. CBS3 has a report.
  • A 27-year-old woman was reported in critical condition at Temple after she was shot multiple times on Erie Avenue near 12th Street in Hunting Park around 9:30 a.m. Sunday. 6ABC has a report.
  • A 41-year-old woman was reported stable at Temple with a leg wound after she was shot Sunday afternoon on McKean Avenue near West Manheim Street in Germatown.
  • An 11-year-old boy was critically wounded when he was struck by a stray bullet on North Gratz Street, near West Oxford and North 19th Streets, shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday in North Philadelphia. Police rushed him to Temple University Hospital, where he was undergoing surgery. CBS3, 6ABC, NBC10, Fox29 and Philly.com have reports.
  • Police rushed a 20-year-old man to Einstein, where he was listed in critical condition Sunday night after he was shot numerous times around 8:45 p.m. at East Price and Anderson Streets in East Germantown. NBC10 has a report.

Finally: Northern Liberties residents found a gun and turned it over to police while participating in the Philly Spring Cleanup to remember Amber Long, who was shot and killed nearby in January, according to a Fox29 report.

Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

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