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1 Dead, 1 Critically Wounded in North Philadelphia Shooting

NBC Philadelphia logo NBC Philadelphia 6/20/2021 Rudy Chinchilla
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A 24-year-old man died and a 21-year-old man was wounded in North Philadelphia as gun violence continued into Sunday morning.

Police initially said a shooting around 2:30 a.m. on the corner of 27th Street and Montgomery Avenue in North Philadelphia was a triple shooting, but later said two men were struck by gunfire.

The 24-year-old was shot five times – once in the chest back and left side – and twice in the head, Philadelphia Police Department Cpl. Jasmine Reilly said. The other man was in critical but stable condition at Temple University Hospital, having suffered gunshots to the lower back and side.

A car parked in front of a corner store on 27th Street had at least one bullet hole in it. Police said there was blood and brain matter behind the car.

Bullet casings could be seen between the first car and another stopped on Montgomery Avenue, but police said they weren’t sure how the second car was involved.

Less than an hour later, a 24-year-old woman was grazed in the shoulder by a bullet on the 300 block of W. Colona Street, Reilly said. Four other people were shot but survived early Sunday, she added.

The shootings continued a weekend of gun violence across the city.

Saturday afternoon, a 3-year-old boy sustained three gunshot wounds to the leg while two men were killed in West Philadelphia. The boy was in stable condition at a hospital.

Hours later, police said three people were wounded when a gunman fired more than 50 shots at a graduation party.

The shootings come as the city continues to struggle with a particularly violent year.

As of Saturday night, 255 people had been killed in Philadelphia, up 55% from the same time last year, according to police department figures. Philadelphia Office of the Controller statistics, meanwhile, show 758 have been wounded and 219 have been killed by gunfire this year; those statistics were last updated Thursday and don’t reflect the weekend’s gun violence.

This week, the Philadelphia City Council gave preliminary approval to a fiscal 2022 budget that would allocate more than $155 million to violence prevention.

There are additional resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.

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