North Philadelphia shooting leaves 5 wounded

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Jack Tomczuk

Five people were caught in a barrage of gunfire Wednesday night in North Philadelphia, just a few blocks from Temple University’s main campus.

The shooting occurred just before 7:30 p.m. on the 1500 block of N. Bouvier Street and three of the victims remained in critical condition Thursday, according to authorities.

Among those fighting for their lives is a 28-year-old man who was shot 14 times and a 20-year-old woman who sustained seven gunshot wounds, police said. The other person in critical condition, a 59-year-old man, was shot once in the chest.

A 21-year-old woman who was struck in the knee and a 19-year-old woman who was shot in the arm were hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries, investigators said.

Likely due to their injuries, detectives were unable to interview the victims in the hours following the incident, authorities said.

Though initial reports indicated suspects had been detained, a police spokesperson told Metro that no one has been arrested or charged in connection with the shooting.

Investigators from the Medical Examiner’s Office are working to identify the decomposing bodies of two people found slashed Wednesday inside an abandoned building in Kensington.

Officers showed up at around 7:45 p.m., after someone found a man, believed to be about 45 years old, and a woman in her mid-30s on the second floor of a property on the 3000 block of Ruth Street, authorities said.

Both of them had slash marks to their necks, and a knife was found nearby, according to police.

Elsewhere, four people were wounded in shootings across the city Wednesday night and early Thursday.

A 19-year-old man was dropped off at Roxborough Memorial Hospital just before 11:15 a.m. Thursday with a gunshot wound to his lower calf, police said. He is expected to survive.

Investigators said the driver left the scene before officers arrived, and the victim told police he wasn’t sure where the shooting occurred.

Just after 12:30 a.m. Thursday, police responding to the 4100 block of Disston Street in Mayfair found a 31-year-old man in a back alley with a gunshot wound to the thigh, authorities said. He was hospitalized in stable condition.

Police said another man shot him outside Cappy’s Cafe, a nearby bar on Frankford Avenue, though no arrests were made in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

In Southwest Philadelphia, a 32-year-old man was shot in the left wrist and right knee at around 10 p.m. Wednesday on the 5700 block of Elmwood Avenue. He was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and is expected to physically recover.

Authorities said someone shot a 41-year-old man twice in the chest just before 6:15 p.m. Wednesday on the 1600 block of Foulkrod Street in Frankford.

He was rushed to Einstein Medical Center, where he is expected to survive.

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