2 Shootings, Just Hours Apart on Same Block

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    Philadelphia Police twice respond to the same street overnight after a pair of shootings, one that left a teenager dead. NBC10's Jesse Gary reports.

    A teenager was shot and killed last night on a North Philadelphia street. Less than four hours later another man -- twice the teen's age -- was shot across the street, according to police.

    Philadelphia Police first responded to 300 block of Germantown Avenue (at W Indiana Avenue) around 8:50 p.m. Wednesday.

    "Upon police arrival they found a 19-year-old male victim suffering from two gunshot wounds to the head. He was laying on the sidewalk unconscious," said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

    "We know he was shot from point-blank range."

    Small said that police rushed him to the hospital where the teen died less than an hour later. The teen had a semiautomatic gun on him at the time of the shooting.

    Then, just 30 minutes after investigators cleared the first shooting scene, police officers were called back to the same block where they found a 38-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest.

    "This 38-year-old victim was shot directly across the street from where the 19-year-old was shot just three and half hours earlier," Small said.

    The man was taken to nearby Temple University Hospital in critical condition.

    Police did not immediately reveal the identity of either victim. No arrests were made as of Thursday morning.

    Investigators were treating the shootings as separate incidents but weren't ruling out that the shootings could be connected.

    It's possible the second shooting victim was at the scene to leave mementos at a memorial for the killed teen.

    "We're not sure at this time if the 38-year-old was laying stuff animals or with other individuals that had recently put a stuffed animal on the location where the 19-year-old homicide victim was shot," Small said.

    Witnesses to the second shooting were taken in for questioning.

     


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