Weekend begins with three new Philadelphia shooting victims

Slide show above: Police gather ballistic evidence at the scene of a shooting Friday night in Frankford. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Separate shooting incidents in Frankford, Kensington and South Philadelphia wounded three men Friday night.

Police rushed a 32-year-old man to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition with neck and back wounds after a shooting incident reported just after 9:30 p.m. Friday on Lesher Street, near Bridge Street and Frankford Avenue in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. According to police, officers found the victim as they responded to 911 calls reporting gunfire on the block just after 9:30 p.m.

Lesher Street Shooting

An American flag hangs over the Lesher Street crime scene Friday night. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Investigators found at least 38 pieces of ballistic evidence indicating that multiple .40 caliber weapons were involved — and several houses were also struck by gunfire — but no motive or suspect descriptions were released.

The weekend’s first victim was wounded just after 8 p.m. at Point Breeze Avenue and Mifflin Street in South Philadelphia. Police rushed the wounded 19-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was reported to be in stable condition. Police said he was struck in the hip and left foot, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Just after midnight, a 38-year-old man was shot in the arm on Reach Street, near East Clearfield and G Streets in Kensington. Police rushed him to Temple, where he was listed as stable.

Local updates:

The Philadelphia Daily News has an update on the investigation following Thursday’s armored truck robbery in Mayfair. The Philadelphia Inquirer followed up on the double shooting in Crescentville.

The Philadelphia Police Department released a surveillance video seeking the suspects who shot a 19-year-old man Thursday morning in Kensington:

As we previously reported, two men were shot in close proximity in separate Kensington incidents Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

New Jersey news:

Four men exchanged gunfire with police before they were taken into custody Friday in Elizabeth, NJ, according to an NJ.com report. NJ.com also reported that a Kean University student was stable at a Newark hospital after being shot at an off-campus fraternity house early Friday.

Children shot:

A 12-year-old boy was among eight people shot Thursday and early Friday in Chicago, according to chicagotribune.com. A 19-month-old child was shot during a robbery earlier this week in Flint, Mi., according to minbcnews.com.

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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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Philadelphia updates: Four new shooting victims and an armored car robbery reported

Slide show above: Children watch as police investigate the scene of a shooting Wednesday evening in Kensington. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Four men have suffered gunshot wounds in separate new incidents reported in Philadelphia between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. No injuries were reported when two men robbed an armored truck early Thursday.

Kensington shootings:

A 21-year-old man was listed in critical condition after he was shot Wednesday evening at the corner of Rosehill and East Somerset Streets in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. According to police, the victim suffered at least eight gunshot wounds in the torso and arrived at the Episcopal Campus of Temple University Hospital in a personal car before he transported by medics to Temple University Hospital’s main facility.

Rosehill Street Shooting
Detectives gather evidence at the Rosehill Street shooting scene Wednesday evening. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police located eight fired shell casings at the scene. The Philadelphia Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer and CBS3 had reports.

Update: A 29-year-old man was listed in stable condition at Temple’s Episcopal Campus after he was shot Thursday morning, shortly after 10 a.m. on East Somerset Street near A Street in Kensington, just a couple of blocks from the incident on Rosehill Street. The new victim suffered a hand wound and a grazing head wound.

Armored truck holdup:

Police were seeking two men, one of which had an automatic weapon, in connection with an armored truck robbery shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday on Frankford Avenue near Unruh Avenue in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia. CBS3, 6ABC, NBC10, Fox29 and The Philadelphia Inquirer had early reports.

Local updates:

Earlier Wednesday, medics rushed a 20-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was listed in stable condition with a leg wound, following an incident shortly after noon on North Paxon Street, near 52nd and Market Street in West Philadelphia. A 17-year-old was stable at HUP after he suffered several leg wounds in a shooting at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at 65th Street and Paschall Avenue in the Elmwood section of Southwest Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Police are now seeking the mother of an 11-year-old girl who was killed in a recent accidental shooting, inside her home in the Mantua section of the city, accruing to reports from CBS3, NBC10, Fox29, the Philadelphia Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly.com.

Update: 6ABC now reports that Tiffany Goldwire has turned herself in to police.

Mayor Nutter announced Wednesday that Philadelphia will join Everytown for Gun Safety, according to CBS3. The movement works to end gun violence and build safer communities.

The Philadelphia Police Department has released a new surveillance video, this time seeking to identify the suspect who robbed a Wawa store Tuesday in Oxford Circle:


Regional news:

A military veteran and former police officer was shot in the face by stray bullet Monday in Chester, Pa., according to a report from the Philadelphia Daily News.

Police are looking for two suspects who fired several shots into a Coatesville, Chester County home last last month, according to reports rom 6ABC and Fox29.

In central Pennsylvania, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will be closed today for mock ‘active shooter’ training exercise, according to PennLive.com.

Authorities said a Pennsylvania man was arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport after he tried to pass through security with a loaded handgun and a pair of brass knuckles, according to an Associated Press report, via Fox29.

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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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Updated: Woman and child among six latest Philadelphia shooting victims; one man is dead

Slide show above: A crowd gathers as police investigate a fatal shooting early Tuesday outside the Copabanana in West Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Gun violence has left one man dead, and a woman, child and two more men wounded in Philadelphia since Monday morning, while recent reports from across the nation include clusters of shootings and more children wounded and killed.

Copabanana shooting:

In West Philadelphia, a 31-year-old man was fatally wounded in a shooting early Tuesday outside the Copabanana restaurant at 40th and Spruce Streets. Police rushed the victim to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Update: The Philadelphia Inquirer has identified the victim as Timothy Cary, 31.

According to police, the shooter fired at least ten shots at close range, striking the victim once in the head and several times in the chest. Police recovered a semiautomatic handgun nearby.

Police said that a fight between the victim and suspect began inside the Copabanana and spilled out onto the sidewalk where the shooting happened, according to NBC10Fox29 reported that police have a 26-year-old man in custody and that they believe he is the shooter.

Copabanana HomicidePolice gather evidence at the fatal shooting scene outside the Copabanana in West Philadelphia early Tuesday. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police responded to the scene after a call from a University of Pennsylvania security guard who heard gunshots, according to 6ABC. Police said that teamwork between a security officer, Penn, and the Philadelphia Police helped bring the suspect into custody, according to a report from CBS3.

The Penn Buff Network has posted police radio traffic from the incident:

The Philadelphia Daily News reported that the slaying happened just off the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, but that officials said neither the victim nor suspect were affiliated with the school. There have been several shootings on campus over the past decade, according to a report from thedp.com, an independent student news organization covering the University of Pennsylvania.

Separate incidents:

Monday’s first victim was a 25-year-old woman who was shot in the face shortly after 8 a.m., on Rugby Street near East Washington Lane in the West Oak Lane section of the city. Investigators believe the gunfire may have resulted from a robbery attempt, according to CBS3. The Philadelphia Daily News reported Monday afternoon that the wounded woman was in critical but stable condition at Einstein Medical Center.

Police rushed an 11-year-old boy to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children after he was grazed by a gunshot Monday evening on North 9th Street near Huntingdon Street in the Hartranft section of North Philadelphia.

Police said he was hit by stray gunfire while leaving his grandmother’s house, according to 6ABCCBS3 said the child’s family identified him as Sameed Jenkins, and NBC10 reported that investigators said he was in stable condition.

Last week, gunfire left an 11-year-old girl dead in West Philadelphia and another 11-year-old boy wounded in North Philadelphia.

Police are investigating whether the stray bullet was related to another shooting, reported nearby at about the same time, according to Fox29. That incident took place at Germantown and Lehigh Avenues, where police found a 33-year-old man who had been shot in the stomach. Offices rushed him to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

Finally, a 21-year-old man was reported in stable condition after he was shot at about 11:15 p.m. Monday in the area of Allegheny Avenue and C Street in the Kensington section of the city.

As we previously reported, one man was shot to death Sunday night in Philadelphia, three shooting victims were reported Saturday, and five men were shot Friday night.

Philadelphia updates:

Police rushed a 34-year-old man to Einstein Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition after he was shot during a robbery at about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, on West Johnson Street near Greene Street in the West Mount Airy section of the city. According to a report from CBS3, investigators said the victim was robbed of $800 cash, a gold Rolex watch and a Versace belt.

The Philadelphia Police department published two more surveillance videos Tuesday, in search of robbery suspects following recent incidents in the Haddington section of West Philadelphia, and in Oxford Circle and Lawndale.

Police are now also seeking a group of men with guns after an armed home invasion robbery reported early Wednesday on Regent Street in Southwest Philadelphia.

Regional news:

Shooting victims have been reported Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Trenton, NJ. One man was critically wounded in a Wilmington, Delaware, shooting Monday.

National reports:

Five people were shot over the weekend in New Orleans, four people were wounded Monday in a shooting in Washington, and four people were shot in the span of 24 hours in St. Louis.

A kayaker was shot as he paddled past a party in Maryland over the weekend.

A seven-year-old girl was shot and killed at a birthday party in South Carolina, and children have been wounded in new shootings reported in New York, Florida and Virginia.

Seeking solutions:

Criminologist David Kennedy, architect of the Focused Deterrence program, spoke at Swarthmore College on Monday, proposing a Hippocratic Oath for criminal justice, calling for respect and support for communities, addressing the crisis of police legitimacy, and polices including honest communications, the least possible application of prosecution required to achieve necessary outcomes, and reduced rates of incarceration.

We will post video from Kennedy’s lecture when it is made available. Meanwhile, you can learn more about Kennedy and Focused Deterrence at GunCrisis.org.

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#GunCrisis: Philadelphia, regional and national updates

Slide show above: Violence interrupters hung posters, neighbors gathered and a woman cried alone on a curbstone as police investigated a fatal shooting Sunday night in North Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police rushed a 29-year-old man to Temple University Hospital, but he did not survive, after he was shot four times in the neck Sunday night at North 28th and Cumberland Streets in North Philadelphia. According to police, officers responded to the block after receiving numerous 911 calls reporting gunfire shortly after 9 p.m.

28th Street Homicide
A team of violence interrupters from Philadelphia Ceasefire hung posters and chanted for an end to the violence Sunday night at the North Philadelphia shooting scene. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

As we previously reported, five men were shot Friday night in Philadelphia and three more people shot Saturday.

Two shooting incidents left one man dead and three more wounded overnight in Vineland, NJ — about 40 miles south of Philadelphia — according to reports from 6ABC, NBC10 and Fox29.

A 27-year-old man was found shot to death in a car in Allentown, Pa., Sunday afternoon, and another man was seriously wounded in another Allentown shooting on Friday, according to reports from mcall.com.

A 14-year-old boy and his grandfather were shot to death at a community center and a woman was killed at a an assisted living center in targeted attacks on the Jewish community Sunday in Kansas, according to media reports.

At least 36 people were shot in the span of 36 hours this weekend in Chicago, according to chicagotribune.com. Police in Missouri said that at least 12 recent highway and roadway shootings are “positively” connected, according to latimes.com.

Police in New York City said that they shot and killed an 86-year-old man Saturday, after he had killed his daughter and turned a shotgun toward them, according to NJ.com.  A one-year-old girl was among four people shot in a weekend incident in New Orleans, according to wafb.com.

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

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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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