While the city hunkers down amid the coronavirus pandemic, the number of homicides continues to climb: Two more men were added to that roll Wednesday — one died in a hail of bullets, the other was stabbed multiple times.
The latest victim, a 32-year-old man whose named was not released, was stabbed an unknown number of times in the neck around 9:30 p.m. while on the 1000 block of Jackson Street in South Philadelphia, police said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. No arrests were made and no weapon was recovered, police said.
Nearly six hours earlier, around 3:45 p.m., a 38-year-old man died after being shot eight times while driving a car in North Philadelphia, police said. The man, who was identified Thursday as Raheem Stoner of Medary Avenue in East Germantown, was driving a gray Lincoln MKS on the 1500 block of North Marshall Street when he was struck in his upper torso, police said.
Medics took him to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead 40 minutes later. Police said a weapon was recovered from the victim’s car, but no further information was available on whether it was the gun used in the shooting.
Also Wednesday, two men were injured in a double shooting about 4:20 p.m. on the 2000 block of Judson Street in North Philadelphia. A 41-year-old man was in critical condition at Temple University Hospital after being shot three times in his back and once in a leg, and suffering a graze wound to his head, police said. A 28-year-old man was in stable condition at Temple after being shot in a leg.
Then, about 6:20 p.m., a 28-year-old man was shot once in the head while on the 2900 block of Diamond Street in Strawberry Mansion. He was taken by police to Temple, where he was in critical condition. Police said they recovered a weapon from him.
Police also continued to investigate a fatal shooting from Tuesday night in which a 54-year-old man was found with multiple gunshot wounds in a red pickup truck in West Oak Lane. About 9:30 p.m., police responded to the 1800 block of 65th Avenue and found Lorenzo Duncan of Wylie Street in Francisville in the truck. He was taken to Einstein Medical Center, where he died.
Police were also investigating the shooting of a 19-year-old man who was critically wounded after being shot in the head and left eye, and was dropped off at Mercy Catholic Medical Center-Mercy Philadelphia in West Philadelphia about 12:40 a.m. Wednesday. The man was then taken by medics to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Police said it was unclear where the shooting happened.
Philadelphia has had 98 homicides as of Tuesday night, a 13% increase from the year before and the highest since 2007, when 104 homicides were reported for the same time period, according to police statistics. That does not include Wednesday’s two homicides, which would push the count to 100.