2 dead, 2 wounded in Nicetown shooting

Philadelphia Police are investigating a robbery that turned into a deadly multiple shooting in North Philadelphia.

The incident occurred in the Nicetown neighborhood of North Philadelphia around 2:30 a.m on Clarissa Street near Juniata Street.

Police say the victims were parking their white vehicle along Juniata Street when they were allegedly approached by a male gunman wearing a ski mask and wielding a .45 caliber handgun intending to rob them.

During the attempted robbery police say there was another group of people somehow connected to the victims in the car.  

One of the people in the group had an assault rifle and exchanged gunfire with the robber, who was killed on the scene.

Police are now looking for the people who were involved in firing back at the gunman. They want to talk to them to find out exactly what happened, but say they are not having much luck with witnesses currently.

“It appears that they may have been in the car and got out of the car. We’re not sure, its speculation right now. But the car does have numerous shots to the front windshield, so it appears that he was trying to get to the persons in that vehicle,” Captain Deshawn Beaufort with the Philadelphia Police Department said.

“But there may have been other individuals with them as well that had an assault rifle. There was an exchange of gunfire, there are multiple shell casings.”

Two males were sent to Temple Hospital and one female to Einstein. The female was shot in the wrist and a male in the backside. Both are in stable condition.

Police have confirmed that another person, a male victim, has died as a result of the shooting.

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