Four men were killed and four injured in eight shootings in yet another violent start to a weekend in Philadelphia. A ninth male was seriously injured in a pistol-whipping during one of the shootings.
According to police, the homicides occurred at 10:48 p.m. Friday on the 600 block of East Louden Street in Juniata Park, 11:30 p.m. on the 3100 block of E Street in Kensington, 9 a.m. Saturday on the 3600 block of Drumore Drive in the city’s Northeast section, and 10:21 a.m. on the 2500 block of North Gratz Street in North Philadelphia.
The victims in the Juniata Park and Northeast killings were described by police as “John Does” in their 20s. The Juniata Park victim was shot multiple times throughout the body and head and was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital at 10:56 p.m. Friday, police said. The Northeast victim was shot once in the chest and pronounced dead by medics at the scene at 9:20 a.m. Saturday.
The Kensington victim was shot in the left side and pronounced dead at Temple at 12:10 a.m., police said.
The Gratz Street victim, 30, was shot twice in the head and was pronounced dead just after noon Saturday at Temple, police said.
The nonfatal shootings occurred at 11:17 p.m. Friday on the 1300 block of South 56th Street in Kingsessing, just around the corner from a day-care center; 12:13 a.m. Saturday inside an unnamed bar on the 7000 block of Frankford Avenue in Mayfair; 12:38 a.m. Saturday on the 6800 block of Ogontz Avenue in West Oak Lane; and 8:30 p.m. Saturday on the 1700 block of Brill Street in Frankford.
The Kingsessing victim, 25, was shot seven times — in the leg, arm, hip, chest, and buttocks — and was in critical condition at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, police said.
The man in Mayfair, 43, was shot twice in the lower right abdomen, police said, and was in stable condition at Jefferson Torresdale Hospital.
In the West Oak Lane attack, a man in his 20s was shot once in the back during a robbery, police said. He was in critical condition at Einstein Medical Center. Additionally, a 16-year-old male was pistol-whipped in the head, police said. He was transported by private vehicle to Chestnut Hill Hospital in stable condition. Police said both were assaulted by two unknown men wearing black hoodies and black masks. No arrest was reported.
And in the Frankford shooting, a 24-year-old male was shot four times: once in the right foot, once in the left leg, and twice in the left thigh. He was taken to Jefferson Frankford Hospital and was listed as in stable condition. No arrest was reported.