Two fatally shot, police investigating suspicious deaths

Melissa Mitman

At least two people were fatally shot over the weekend in Philadelphia, police said, and detectives are investigating a few other suspicious deaths.

Authorities said officers were called to the 1600 block of W. Loudon Street in Logan at around 12:45 a.m. Sunday and found a man on the street with multiple gunshot wounds to his head and torso.

The victim was rushed to Einstein Medical Center, where he died at 2:30 a.m. Police did not provide his age, and there was no word on an arrest.

A 33-year-old man died Saturday after being shot in the forehead, chest and arm just after 8:45 p.m. Saturday on the 2000 block of E. Silver Street in Kensington, police said. No arrests have been made in the case.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of death for a 57-year-old man whose body was found alongside trash just before 6:30 a.m. Sunday on the 1900 block of E. Ontario Street in the Harrowgate neighborhood.

A passerby notified authorities, and medics pronounced the man dead at the scene.

On Saturday, a woman, believed to be in her 30s, was found dead at around 8:30 a.m. on the 2000 block of Church Street in East Frankford.

Police have characterized both cases as “suspicious deaths,” but no further information was released.

Detectives say officers arrested a 25-year-old man following a standoff after he allegedly stabbed two other men, including his brother, Saturday night in East Germantown.

A woman, who investigators said was the suspect’s grandmother, was found dead on a couch inside the house where the barricade took place on the 1000 block of E. Chelten Avenue. There was no signs of trauma, police said, and her cause of death has not been determined

The suspect’s 20-year-old brother was stabbed in the side and is expected to survive, while the other victim, also a 20-year-old man, was stabbed multiple times in the chest. Police said Sunday that he was in “extremely critical condition.”

In the aftermath of the stabbings, officers called a barricade and brought in hostage negotiators. During the standoff, which lasted over 30 minutes, the suspect poured what was possibly gas or kerosene on the third floor of the property, according to police.

He was arrested without incident at around 8:30 p.m. Authorities have not released his name.

Gunmen opened fire and chased down three men, including two teenagers, early Sunday morning in Nicetown, investigators said.

Police said the incident began when the victims were reversing out of a convenience store parking lot at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday near the corner of Hunting Park Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard.

Two men allegedly got out of a black SUV that stopped near the lot’s entrance and began shooting. The victims jumped out, with two running west on Hunting Park Avenue, police said.

Authorities said the suspects followed the pair in the SUV, continuing to fire at them. A 17-year-old boy was found by responding officers inside a laundromat nearly a block away from the convenience store.

He suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen and was taken to Temple University Hospital in critical condition.

Another person in the car, a 19-year-old man, was not struck by the gunfire, and officers did not find the third man. The shooting was caught on surveillance video, according to investigators.

Elsewhere, three men were hospitalized after shots were fired at around 2:45 p.m. Saturday on the 2100 block of W. Dauphin Street in North Philadelphia.

Police said one of the victims, estimated to be around 20 years old, was shot once in the head and was in critical condition.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the left side of his chest and once in the back, and another man, believed to be in his mid-20s, sustained a wound to his stomach. Both are expected to make a recovery.

Authorities said a 16-year-old boy was in stable condition after being stabbed 10 times throughout his body at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday on the 800 block of E. Willard Street in Kensington. Officers have not apprehended a suspect or recovered a weapon in the case.

Also in Kensington, a man, whose age was not immediately clear, was shot once in the neck at around 11 a.m. Saturday on the 3100 block of G Street. He was rushed to Temple University Hospital in extremely critical condition, police said.

Early Saturday, at around 3:30 a.m. a 35-year-old man was shot five times near the corner of 9th Street and Rising Sun Avenue in North Philadelphia, investigators said. He was also taken to Temple and listed in critical condition.

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