A MAN WAS clinging to life last night after a shooting in Kensington, police said.

Officers responded to several reports of a shooting on Somerset Street near Rosehill just after 5:30 p.m., Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

They didn't find the victim there, only witnesses, who told them that a man had been shot there moments before police arrived.

Those accounts led them to nearby Temple University Hospital's Episcopal campus, where medics brought them to a 21-year-old man who had been shot eight times in the chest, torso and back, Small said. He was transferred to Temple University Hospital's main site on North Broad Street, where he remained last night in critical condition after surgery.

No information was available on a motive or the shooter, Small said.

Detectives from East Division were interviewing witnesses last night, and investigators also were reviewing footage from surveillance cameras near the intersection where the attack took place.

- Vinny Vella