Philadelphia homicide detectives began May by adding two more slayings to their caseload: one from Thursday night, the other from early Friday.
As of 11:59 p.m. Thursday, the city had reported 125 homicides this year, a 20% increase from the same period a year ago, according to the Police Department.
The most recent slaying victim was gunned down about an hour into the new month. Police were called at 1:03 a.m. Friday to investigate a report of a person with a gun in the 2600 block of North Sartain Street, in the Hartranft section of North Philadelphia.
They found a 43-year-old man inside a white Dodge minivan with a gunshot wound to the left side of his head. The man, whose name was not released, was taken by police to Temple University Hospital, where he died at 4:36 a.m., police said.
A few hours earlier, at 8:50 p.m. Thursday, officers responding to the 1600 block of Annin Street in Point Breeze found a 45-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds. They took him to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he died at 9:06 p.m. They identified him as Christopher Thomas, a resident of the block where he was shot.
No arrests were made in either slaying, and no details about suspects were released.
Police also were investigating two stabbings and a shooting Friday morning in which the victims were hospitalized in stable condition: