Five wounded in latest Philadelphia shootings

Slide show above: Police investigate the scene of a double shooting Wednesday in the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Philadelphia updates:

Five men were wounded in the span of less than 11 hours ending early Thursday morning in Philadelphia.

A 19-year-old man was listed in critical condition and a 23-year-old was stable after they were wounded in a shooting incident reported just after 5 p.m. Wednesday on West Thompson Street near 25th Street in Philadelphia’s Brewerytown. Police said at least one car on the street was struck by a stray bullet.

Police told the Philadelphia Daily News that a “weed-like substance” was found at the scene of the shooting, making drugs sales a potential motive for the attack. CBS3, 6ABC and NBC10 also had reports.

Medics rushed a 44-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after he was shot just before 4 p.m. Wednesday on Folsom Street, near 51st and Brown Streets in the Mill Creek section of West Philadelphia. 6ABC reported that the victim was in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds.

A 33-year-old man was critically wounded around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in a shooting at Wayne and Chelten Avenues in Germantown. Witnesses told investigators that the man was shot by another man after he exited the bar, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Fox29 reported that the victim was shot one time in the left arm, and twice in the left side. Police said the shooting was captured by surveillance cameras, according to a 6ABC report.

Police rushed a 24-year-old man to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition with an arm wound after he was shot around 2:30 a.m. Thursday in North 21st Street near West Ontario Street in the Tioga section of the city.

According to a report from The Philadelphia Inquirer, a man who admitted killing a SEPTA trolley driver on orders of the driver’s jilted girlfriend was sentenced Wednesday to 30 to 60 years in prison.

Surveillance video:

Philadelphia Police have released surveillance video, asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect who shot a 21-year-old man last week in Upper Kensington:

Police released another video seeking to identify the suspect who robbed Burger King last week in Oxford Circle.

Regional report:

One person was shot to death near the campus of Widener University in Chester, Pa., late Thursday morning, according to early reports from CBS3, 6ABC, NBC10 and Fox29.

Widener University first tweeted instructions to “remain indoors until further notice,” but later added “Chester police have assured the university that there is no threat to @WidenerUniv and did not involve members of the university community.”

Police in Camden,NJ, are investigating two recent armed carjackings, according to CBS3.

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Bryan Lentz, former State Representative and former Chief of the Philadelphia Regional Gun Violence Task Force will discuss Focused Deterrence at  Young Involved Philadelphia’s Police Lightning Talks, Thursday evening in Center City. Check Facebook and TicketLeap for more info.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.