2 killed, 5 wounded in weekend shootings

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Nate Willison

Gunfire left two men dead and at least five other people injured Saturday and Sunday in Philadelphia.

At around 12:45 p.m. Sunday, two men kicked in the front door of a house on the 1800 block of Diamond Street in North Philadelphia and unloaded, wounding three people, including a 15-year-old girl, police said.

The teenager was struck in the leg and taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in stable condition, authorities said.

A man in his early 20s who was shot twice in the back of the head died a short time later at Temple University Hospital, and another victim, also a man in his early 20s, was hospitalized in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his chest, shoulder and leg, according to police.

Investigators said the gunmen fled the scene in a white Chevrolet.

In Frankford, a fatal shooting occurred just before 4:45 a.m. Sunday on the 4700 block of Oxford Avenue, near SEPTA’s Arrott Transportation Center.

Transit officers rushed a 32-year-old man to Temple University Hospital after he was shot once in the chest, police said. He later succumbed to his injuries.

Investigators said a person of interest was apprehended and a gun was recovered at the scene.

Through Saturday, 482 people had been killed in the city this year, down 9% compared to the same date in 2021, when Philadelphia experienced a record number of homicides.

Earlier Sunday, at around 3 a.m., someone shot a 21-year-old man in the face on the 1100 block of S. 54th Street in Kingsessing, authorities said. He is expected to survive.

In Hunting Park, a 35-year-old man was shot once in the shoulder at around 8:45 a.m. Saturday on the 4200 block of N. Franklin Street, according to police. He was hospitalized in stable condition.

A 33-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot twice in the hip at 12:45 a.m. Saturday on the 5500 block of W. Thompson Street in the Carroll Park section of West Philadelphia, authorities said.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to contact police at 215-686-8477 or submit a tip at www.phillypolice.com/forms/submit-a-tip.

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