Four killed in Philadelphia shootings

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Four people were killed in shootings Monday and early Tuesday in Philadelphia, bringing the city’s 2020 homicide toll to 426, its highest in a quarter-century.

In Lawndale, a 38-year-old man was apparently driving just after 4 a.m. on the 700 block of Longshore Avenue when he was shot in the chest.

His car ended up on the lawn of a nearby house, and authorities said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said 34-year-old Gregory Tunstall died Monday night after he was shot in the left shoulder just after 7:30 p.m. Monday on the 2000 block of N. 56th Street in Overbrook.

About a half-hour earlier, a 45-year-old man was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after he was shot in the chest on the 5100 block of Warrington Avenue in Kingsessing, authorities said.

The man, who was identified by police as Christopher Hatch, lived about a block away from the scene of the shooting, and he died just before 7:30 p.m.

A second victim, a 38-year-old man, was grazed in the chest. He was transported to the hospital in stable condition, according to police.

Officers were called at around 4:30 p.m. Monday to the 2500 block of W. Arizona Street in North Philadelphia for a report of a person with a gun, and they found 25-year-old Kaieri Williams, who lived in the neighborhood, with 12 gunshot wounds.

Williams was rushed to Temple University Hospital, where he died a short time later, police said.

No one has been arrested in connection with any of the killings.

Philadelphia’s homicide total is up nearly 40% compared to last year, and the city has surpassed 425 murders for the first time since 1995, according to a dashboard maintained by the Inquirer.

“This is very frustrating because we’re in the midst of all these other crises along with the homicide and shooting crisis,” Mayor Jim Kenney told reporters Tuesday. “It’s a number that really bothers me when I see it everyday.”

Five other people were injured in shootings Monday night and Tuesday, authorities said.

A 17-year-old boy was shot in the lower right side of his back at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday on the 7300 block of Longspur Place in the Eastwick section of Southwest Philadelphia, police said.

Officers rushed him to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

Just after 11 a.m. Tuesday, a 30-year-old man was shot multiple times throughout his body inside a corner store on the 1600 block of S. 29th Street in South Philadelphia.

He was taken to Penn Presbyterian in critical condition, police said.

Investigators said a man was assaulted and shot in the left foot Monday night during a robbery in Olney.

Officers were called to Albert Einstein Medical Center at around 10:45 p.m., and they spoke to a 33-year-old man who told them he was confronted by a group of men on the 100 block of W. Duncannon Street.

The suspects took the man’s cellphone and $50 in cash. Police said the victim is being treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

In North Philadelphia, a 26-year-old man was shot once in the lower back at around 9:30 p.m. Monday on the 2200 block of N. Van Pelt Street, police said.

He was taken to Temple Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

Police were called at around 9:15 p.m. Monday to the 1800 block of E. Orleans Street in Kensington, where they found a 41-year-old man with two gunshot wounds to his leg and another to his lower back.

The victim was rushed to Temple Hospital in critical condition, and he told officers the shooting occurred inside a house nearby on the 3100 block of F Street, investigators said.

Authorities reported no arrests in connection with any of the incidents.

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