Violent weekend in Philadelphia leaves 4 dead

Chinatown shooting
Nate Willison

Four people were killed in violence over the weekend across Philadelphia, and at least 12 others are recovering after being shot.

Then, on Monday, at around 4:15 a.m., someone shot a 39-year-old man in the leg on the 1800 block of E. Clearfield Street in Kensington, police said. He was hospitalized in stable condition.

A man in his 30s died early Sunday morning after being shot in his stomach and leg at around 11 p.m. Saturday on the 500 block of N. Simpson Street in West Philadelphia, according to investigators. Police have declined to name the victim, pending family notification.

Authorities on Monday identified the weekend’s three other homicide victims: Wilber Caceres-Martinez, 27, Larry D. Scott, 62, and Maison Hernandez, 23.

Caceres-Martinez, who lived in Somerton, was stabbed just before 1 p.m. Saturday inside a Pizza Hut on the 900 block of Orthodox Street in the Northwood section of Northeast Philadelphia, police said. He succumbed to his injuries a couple hours later.

Investigators said an arrest was made, but no further details have been released.

Just after 9 a.m. Saturday, near Front Street and Godfrey Avenue in Olney, Scott, who lived nearby, was shot twice in the head, according to police. He died a short time later at Einstein Medical Center.

Hernandez, of Feltonville, died after being shot in the head at around 6:30 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of a Forman Mills on the 5600 block of Rising Sun Avenue in the Crescentville neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia, authorities said.

Despite the violent weekend, the number of homicides and shootings has been trending downward nearly a month into the new year.

Through Sunday, 28 people have been killed in Philadelphia, the lowest level on this date since 2019. Shootings are also down about 35% compared to last year, according to police data.

On Sunday, at around 7 p.m., a 37-year-old man showed up at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with a gunshot wound to his leg. Investigators said the shooting occurred on the 5600 block of Litchfield Street in Kingsessing.

Earlier, at 12:30 p.m., two teenagers were wounded when a man opened fire on the 5800 block of N. Lawrence Street in North Philadelphia.

Police said a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man were both struck in the buttocks. Both were later listed in stable condition.

In Hunting Park, a 20-year-old man was shot in the hip area at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday near the corner of 5th and Courtland streets, authorities said. He was in critical condition following the shooting.

A 17-year-old boy who was allegedly attempting to rob two men Saturday night in North Philadelphia was shot by his would-be victims, according to police.

At around 11 p.m., on the 1800 block of N. Mascher Street, the teenager pulled out a gun and opened the door of a car with two men inside, police said. One of the men had a license to carry and fired several shots at the teen, investigators said.

The robbery suspect was hit in his chest and shoulder and taken to Temple University Hospital. He is expected to survive the shooting.

Four young men were wounded when gunfire erupted at around 9 p.m. Saturday on the 1400 block of Kerper Street in the Castor Gardens section of Northeast Philadelphia.

The victims – ages 18, 20, 21 and 22 – were all hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said. No arrests were made, though detectives found a gun at the scene.

A 28-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday on the 1000 block of W. Huntingdon Street in North Philadelphia, according to authorities.

Earlier, at 6:30 p.m., someone shot a 42-year-old man in the back of the head on the 1100 block of W. Somerville Avenue in Logan, police said. He is expected to survive.