Four killed in violent night in Philly

South Street shooting
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Four people were fatally shot Monday night across Philadelphia, as last year’s gun violence surge continues into 2022.

Seventeen people have been killed through the first 10 days of January, up from 13 at this point in 2021, when the city recorded its highest-ever homicide total.

Just after 7:45 p.m. Monday, officers were called to the 200 block of W. Westmoreland Street in North Philadelphia for a report of a person with a gun. They found Travis Bing, 31, with multiple gunshot wounds to his head and upper body, authorities said.

Bing, of Juniata Park, died just after 8 p.m. at Temple University Hospital, police said.

In Kensington, two men were struck by a barrage of bullets just after 6:30 p.m. on the 3000 block of Ella Street.

Investigators said a 25-year-old man was shot 14 times, and the other victim, a 45-year-old man, was struck 32 times throughout his body. Both died a short time later at Temple Hospital. Police have not publicly identified them.

Earlier, at around 6:15 p.m., Khalif Carr-Witherspoon, 35, was gunned down while sitting inside a sedan on the 6300 block of N. Beechwood Street in East Germantown, authorities said.

Medical personnel pronounced Carr-Witherspoon, who lived in nearby West Oak Lane, dead at the scene.

No arrests were reported in the immediate aftermath of Monday night’s killings.

Elsewhere, a 32-year-old man shot a teenage carjacker just before midnight Monday on the 1700 block of Folsom Street in the Francisville neighborhood, investigators said.

The 18-year-old man allegedly approached the driver’s side of a Honda Accord while pointing a gun. Police said the driver was licensed to carry a firearm and decided to pull out his gun, firing several times.

Authorities said the teenager was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center with wounds to his cheek, neck and thumb. He is expected to survive and face charges related to the carjacking attempt, according to police.

Just before 11 p.m. Monday, a 23-year-old man was shot in the left shoulder and foot on the 200 block of W. Lehigh Avenue in the Fairhill section of the city, authorities said.

He was transported to Temple University Hospital, where he was later listed in stable condition.

A 63-year-old woman was in critical condition after being shot just before 10:30 p.m. Monday on the 4700 block of Bleigh Avenue in Holmesburg, police said. She was taken to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital with wounds to her stomach, shoulder and hand, according to investigators.

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