PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WTXF) - Four separate shootings left three dead and several injured this morning in Philadelphia, with violent incidents occurring in Frankford, Center City, Strawberry Mansion and Oxford Circle overnight.
Around midnight in Center City, on the corner of 22nd and Fitzwater Street, four people were shot.
One victim, a 28-year-old man, was shot in the upper back and wrist. He was transported to Temple University Hospital and was pronounced dead shortly after 12:30 a.m.
Two other victims, a 19-year-old man and 26-year-old man, were also shot in the leg. Another victim, a 24-year-old man, was shot in the back. All three were transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, treated and released.
Police found 34 shell casings total at the scene. No arrests have been made and no motives listed at this time.
Just after 1 a.m in Northeast Philly, a 31-year-old man was shot multiple times in Oxford Circle. The victim was inside of a neighborhood bar on the 6500 block of Roosevelt Boulevard when he was shot in the stomach and the leg.
The man was transported to Aria Torresdale Hospital and listed in critical condition. No arrests have been made and no weapon recovered.
Police are also investigating an overnight incident that left one man injured in Strawberry Mansion thirty minutes later.
On the 2000 block of North 29th Street, a 26-year-old man was sitting inside his 2008 black Mercedez Benz when an unkown black male approached his vehicle with a gun and shot him in the back. The suspect then fled northbound on 29th Street.
The victim was transported to Temple University Hospital where he was listed in critical condition and later upgraded to stable. Police have not made an arrest or listed a motive at this time.
Thiry minutes later, on the 2700 block of James Street, a man shot his neighbors. Patrol officers heard the shots and rushed to the scene, where they discovered a 45-year-old man and 42-year-old woman shot in the back of the head laying in an alley. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
The gunman, their 69-year-old neighbor, tells police the two were trying to jump his fence. Police recovered the weapon and have taken the neighbor into custody. No formal charges have been made at this time.
As the city experiences at uptick in homicides compared to this time last year, Philly homicide detectives have their hands full. The rise in homicides is unfortunately coupled with a solve rate below 40%. Notably, the head of Philly’s Homicide Unit Captain James Clark has been recently transferred.