Memorial Day gun violence: Nearly two dozen shootings break out across Philadelphia amid celebrations

A weekend meant to honor our fallen heroes, and usher in the start of summer, has been riddled with shootings in a city continually plagued by gun violence.

Thirty-two people became the victims of 22 shootings that erupted on the streets of Philadelphia during Memorial Day weekend. Seven of those victims have succumbed to their injuries.

The violence began just as the holiday weekend was about to kick off when a 20-year-old man chased by 2 gunmen was found shot in vacant lot around 1 a.m. Friday.

The night ended with a 22-year-old man being shot in the leg. He was said to be in stable condition.


Saturday began with even more violence as two separate double shootings claimed the life of a man and woman just hours apart. Another man and woman were also critically injured by gunfire in both shootings.

Several hours later, a female suspect was taken into custody after a woman in her 60s was shot dead inside a Northeast Philadelphia home.

Two other Saturday shootings left a 50-year-old man in critical condition, and a woman suffering from two gunshot wounds.

As fireworks lit up the city skyline, a double and triple shooting rang out as Philadelphia's first night of celebrations came to a close.

A 15-year-old boy became one victim of the triple shooting in West Philadelphia, as the double shooting left a 38-year-old man shot twice, and a 21-year-old man in critical condition in Frankford.

An overnight night shooting inside an Overbrook home kicked off the gun violence Sunday, ending with an arrest and an injured 25-year-old man.

Just minutes later, an 18-year-old was killed in a double shooting that also critically injured a 21-year-old man.

Two more victims were rushed to local hospitals in critical conditions after being struck several times in two separate daytime shootings as the violence continued Sunday morning.

Daytime shootings left a 20-year-old man shot at least four times, and a 19-year-old woman in the hospital after police say her boyfriend's firearm went off as he cleaned his firearm.

Two shootings became deadly Sunday night; including a quadruple shooting that left three teen boys injured and a traffic stop that led police to find a gunshot victim in the back of a car.

Three more victims were struck by gunfire in two separate shootings that erupted in less than an hour later Sunday night.

Memorial Day began with a deadly shooting as police found a 16-year-old fatally shot in the head in North Philadelphia just after midnight. Just minutes later, a 31-year-old was also shot on North Broad Street.

Several hours later, another shooting victim was found by police laying on the ground next to a vehicle with Florida tags in the city's Logan section. He is said to be in critical condition, and undergoing surgery at a local hospital.