Police said Saturday they were investigating three shootings that left one man dead and two wounded.

In Kingsessing, a 23-year-old man was shot once each in the neck, back, and shoulder along the 5500 block of Belmar Street shortly after 11 a.m., police said.

Officers rushed him to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he died about 11:30 a.m. His identity was not released, and there was no word on a suspect or motive.

Earlier Saturday, about 12:40 a.m., the sound of gunfire drew officers to 52d and Spruce Streets in West Philadelphia. They encountered a man holding a handgun and ordered him to drop the weapon, but he ran about 20 feet east and threw it under a parked car, police said.

Officers stopped the man and learned he had been shot in the right side of his chest. He told investigators he had been involved in an altercation with two men and had taken the gun from one of them during the dispute.

The 20-year-old was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. His condition was not immediately available. Police described the attackers only as two black men wearing dark clothing.

In another shooting, police said a fight early Saturday between two men led to a shooting in the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia.

The fight began about 2 a.m. in the 7900 block of Bustleton Avenue, where one of the men began shooting a gun, police said.

Police arrived to find a 33-year-old man lying in the street with gunshot wounds to his legs and torso. An ambulance rushed the man to Aria Health Torresdale, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.

The second man involved in the fight fled.

Police say they are looking for a thin black man with a light complexion, about 6 feet tall. He was wearing jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt pulled tightly around his face. Police say he was armed with a semiautomatic handgun.


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