WEST KENSINGTON (WTXF) - Police are investigating following a double shooting that took place New Year’s Eve in West Kensington.
Authorities responded to Temple University Hospital for a report of a gunshot victim around 11 p.m. on Sunday. Upon their arrival, officers were told that the victim, 18, had a verbal dispute over alcohol with an unknown person moments before near Franklin and Cumberland Streets.
During the argument, the suspect allegedly approached the victim, pointed a silver firearm and pulled the trigger, striking the victim twice in the thigh. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction on foot.
The victim ran into his home on the 600 block of West Huntingdon Street before being transported to the hospital.
Around four hours later, a second victim — a 23-year-old woman — entered Temple University Hospital - Episcopal Campus for a gunshot wound.
Upon their arrival, officers were told the victim was at the same location on West Huntingdon Street when she heard gunshots and ran. The victim was reportedly not aware at the time that she was struck by gunfire and went home. Upon realizing she had been shot, the victim transported herself to Episcopal Hospital for treatment. She was later transferred to Temple University Hospital for further evaluation.
Police describe the suspect as a 6’0”-6’1” tall black man who weighs around 190 pounds. He was reportedly last seen wearing a black and red jacket, black boots and black pants while armed with a modified silver handgun.