2 men killed in quintuple shooting in Spring Garden
At least 55 shots were fired on a basketball court at the Roberto Clemente Playground, police said.
Two men were fatally wounded in a quintuple shooting Wednesday night at a playground basketball court in the city’s Spring Garden section, police said.
Police responded about 8:10 p.m. to numerous 911 calls about a shooting at the Roberto Clemente Playground at 18th and Wallace Streets.
The shooting was recorded on surveillance video showing three assailants opening fire on a group of about 15, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.
Police found 55 spent shell casings from two separate-caliber firearms, Small said.
On the basketball court, responding officers found an unresponsive 21-year-old man, Small said. They carried him to a 9th District patrol car and were going to take him to the hospital when medics arrived on scene. The medics pronounced the man, who was later identified as Khalid Henderson, dead in the back seat of the cruiser at 8:25 p.m.
Police transported an 18-year-old man to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with gunshot wounds to his torso. He was pronounced dead at 10:05 at the hospital. He was later identified as Jayden Lucas.
Police found an 19-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his back and took him to Jefferson. He was listed in critical condition.
Another 19-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his left leg fled to a Chinese takeout at 18th and Spring Garden Streets. Police took him to Jefferson and he was reported in stable condition.
Police late Wednesday night said they were aware of four victims, but on Thursday police reported that a fifth victim, an 18-year-old man, was at Jefferson in stable condition for gunshot wounds to his hips.
At the shooting scene Wednesday night, responding officers spotted a 19-year-old man try to drive away in a Lexus parked on Wallace. He tried to run but was caught about a block away. Small said a handgun was partially visible underneath the driver’s seat of the Lexus. The man was taken into custody as a person of interest.