Two killed in afternoon shootings

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Two men were killed in separate broad daylight shootings Monday.

Police said a 22-year-old man died after being shot five times, including twice in the head, just before 4:15 p.m. in Fairmount Park, in the area of Belmont Avenue and Georges Hill Drive in West Philadelphia.

Earlier, at around 2 p.m., officers rushed a man to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center after he was shot once in the head and several times throughout the body at around 2 p.m. on the 6100 block of Arch Street in West Philadelphia, investigators said.

The victim, described by authorities as in his 40s or 50s, died just before 2:30 p.m., according to police.

No one was arrested in the immediate aftermath of either killing.

Meanwhile, in Frankford, a 22-year-old man was shot once in the right leg at around 3:30 p.m. Monday on the 1900 block of Church Street, investigators said. He is expected to physically recover, according to police.

Early Monday morning, at around 2 a.m., a 26-year-old man was shot in the stomach and right leg on the 1200 block of Filbert Street in Center City, authorities said. He was taken to Jefferson University Hospital in serious but stable condition.

Someone opened fire just after midnight on the 5500 block of Crowson Street in East Germantown, hitting a 30-year-old man in the thigh, police said.

The victim was transported to Einstein Medical Center, and his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

A 55-year-old man was in extremely critical condition after being shot in the jaw and left hand just before 9 p.m. Sunday on the 200 block of N. 54th Street in West Philadelphia, investigators said. He is being treated at Penn Presbyterian.

The shooting capped a violent weekend in Philadelphia. Gunfire claimed the lives of five people and 13 others were hospitalized.

“We have had several weeks over the last eight or 10 when we could report good news,” District Attorney Larry Krasner said Monday during his weekly news conference. “This is not that week.”

Philadelphia recorded 14 homicides and 33 non-fatal shootings in the seven-day period that ended Friday, according to data provided by Krasner.

Since the start of the year, 405 people have been killed in the city, up about 18% compared to this point in 2020.

“The situation now is causing Philadelphians to be frightened, to be scared, often scared for their own family members, scared for themselves,” Krasner said. “And that is completely understandable.”

“We have to stop the bloodshed in our streets,” he added. “There are too many young men and sometimes young women walking the streets who are settling their disputes with gun violence.”

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