What there is to know
- It appears that at least two dozen people were shot from Friday night to Monday morning in Philadelphia.
- Police officers in Philadelphia were also gunned down Sunday night as they responded to a shootout in north Philadelphia.
- Gun violence has ravaged the city for months, with homicides rising about 36% to date.
A teenager in a house and a man outside a famous cheesesteak store were shot dead as a violent weekend in Philadelphia, which saw at least two dozen people shot, came to an end. Police officers were also shot at in one of the shootings.
The 15-year-old boy was shot in the groin while inside a Keyser Street home in the Germantown neighborhood at around 2:40 a.m. on Monday, Philadelphia police said. He was rushed to hospital where he was registered in stable condition.
Just over an hour earlier, a 39-year-old man had been shot in the chest, thigh and forearm in front of Max’s Steaks on West Erie and Germantown avenues near North Broad Street in North Philadelphia, police said. He was listed in critical condition at the hospital.
At least two more shootings took place Monday morning. A 29-year-old woman survived a gunshot to the arm and leg along the 5700 block of Chew Avenue in East Germantown at around 4:10 a.m., police said. And, a man in his 30s was shot and killed along the 2500 block of Kensington Avenue in the Kensington area around 12:30 am.
Earlier, police responded to a report of gunfire along the 1600 block of Cecil B. Moore Avenue just before 11 p.m. Sunday and found a 19-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his chest, he said. the police announced. But as the police placed him in the vehicle, “an unknown suspect was shooting in the direction of the police,” according to a police account of the events.
Police took cover and went to the area where the shots were coming from, but found nothing, police said. No officer fired and they were not injured, investigators said.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and listed in stable condition. Two weapons were recovered, police said.
The suspects and motives for all the nightly shootings remained unknown Monday morning, police said.
The shootings appear to bring the total from 5 p.m. Friday to at least 24 shootings. At least 12 people, including three underage adolescents, were shot from Saturday evening to Sunday morning, alone.
Despite calls to quell violence, Philadelphia continues to be plagued by shootings and murders across the city. By Sunday night, there had been at least 267 homicides in the city, a 36% increase from the same date in 2020, which was one of the deadliest years on record.
Philadelphia last week joined 14 other cities as part of President Joe Biden’s national effort to tackle violence, as research shows violent crime has increased across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the next 18 months, Biden’s administration will bring together leaders and community members from selected cities to “facilitate peer learning and provide technical assistance,” the White House said in announcing the strategy.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is set to sign a 2022 fiscal budget that would allocate $ 155 million for violence prevention programs.
There are additional resources for individuals or communities who have experienced gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.