At least 12 people were shot in Philadelphia over the weekend — including one fatally outside a strip club and three injured near a playground and skate park just hours after a movie-night event that draws families.
The homicide took place outside Sabel’s Showbar on Ford Road near Cranston Road in West Philadelphia about 1:32 a.m Sunday. Police said the victim, 30, was shot in the right chest and left shoulder and taken by private vehicle to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:26 a.m., police said.
That vehicle had several bullet holes on the passenger side, police said, and its driver left on foot after dropping off the victim.
A little more than three hours earlier, at Regent and South 66th Streets, near McCreesh Playground and Skatepark in Southwest Philadelphia, an 18-year-old man was shot in the right leg about 10 p.m. Saturday, while another male, age unknown, was shot once in the left foot, according to television reports. A third man, 20, was shot once in the back of the head, and once in the leg, according to a CBS3 report.
All three victims were taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Their conditions were not known.
Philadelphia Police Capt. Thomas Davidson told CBS3 that investigators found 21 shell casings in front of eight houses on Regent Street.
Tracey Gordon, a Southwest Philadelphia native who won the Democratic primary for Philadelphia’s register of wills, lamented the shootings on Facebook and Twitter, which, she said, happened on movie night at the playground.
“When families are not safe at their local playground it’s beyond bad it’s a state of emergency!,” Gordon wrote.
McCreesh Playground has hosted Southwest Philly Community Day, most recently in June.
Police reported additional shootings, which touched nearly every corner of the city Saturday and Sunday:
On Sunday afternoon, at about 2:36 p.m., a 26-year-old man was shot in the abdomen by four males in a red Nissan during an attempted robbery on the 2800 block of Fox Street in Nicetown. The victim was taken to Temple University Hospital in stable condition.
About 10:15 a.m. Sunday, a 19-year-old man was shot in the left side of his chest on the 5500 block of Torresdale Avenue near Sanger Street in the Wissinoming section. The victim was driven to Frankford-Jefferson Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
About the same time Sunday, a 23-year-old man was shot in the left leg on the 800 block of South 48th Street in Southwest Philadelphia. He was taken to Penn Presbyterian in stable condition.
Earlier, just before 5 a.m., two men were shot at 24th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia. The victims, 28 and 31, were each shot in the left leg and taken to Temple Hospital in stable condition.
And at 2:13 a.m. Sunday, a 36-year-old man was shot in the left leg at Richmond Street and Allegheny Avenue in Port Richmond. He also was taken to Temple in stable condition.
In a double shooting at 10:23 p.m. Saturday on Cayuga Street near I Street in Juniata Park, a 24-year-old woman suffered a graze wound to the head while a male, 16, was shot in the chest. He was in critical condition at Temple on Sunday. The woman was treated at the scene.