Four injured in Kensington shooting

Jack Tomczuk

Gunfire that erupted at around noon Tuesday in Kensington left four people injured, including two teenage girls.

The shooting forced four schools near the scene, on the 800 block of E. Allegheny Avenue, to go on lockdown for about an hour, according to authorities.

Police said an 18-year-old girl who was shot in the chest was rushed to Temple University Hospital in critical condition, as was a 30-year-old man who sustained a wound to his back.

A 32-year-old man was shot in the arm and hospitalized in stable condition, and a 16-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet, investigators said. Her injuries are not considered life-threatening.

No one was arrested in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

A couple hours earlier, just after 10 a.m, a man, described by police as around 35 years old, died after being shot multiple times outside on the 6000 block of N. Beechwood Street in East Germantown.

The daytime gunfire was part of what has been a particularly violent stretch in Philadelphia. Since Saturday, eight people have been killed, and shootings have left nearly 20 wounded, according to information provided by police.

Homicides are down about 8% from this time last year; however, the total number of shooting victims has remained level.

On Monday night, at around 11 p.m., officers were called to the 2400 block of W. Cambria Street in North Philadelphia for a report of a shooting, and they found a 23-year-old man with wounds to his shoulder and knee on nearby Ringgold Street.

He was taken to Temple University Hospital and is expected to survive, authorities said.

Police said a 30-year-old man was shot once in the leg at around 10 p.m. Monday on the 1700 block of Sansom Street, near Rittenhouse Square. He is expected to physically recover.

Earlier, just before 6:30 p.m., someone shot a 34-year-old man three times on the 2300 block of Nicholas Street in North Philadelphia. He was hospitalized in critical condition, but investigators said he is expected to survive.

Police reported no arrests in connection with the recent shootings.