New Year's Eve Murder

A late night shooting left one man dead and brought Philadelphia's homicide total to 247 for the year.

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    As Philadelphia closed out 2013 with the lowest murder rate since 1967, a late shooting on Dec. 31 added one more homicide victim to the total.

    Around 11.30 p.m. Tuesday, an 18-year-old man was shot twice - once in the head and once in the chest - at 7th Street and Girard Avenue in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia, according to authorities.

    The victim was trasported to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:47 p.m., according to police.

    Officers say they believe an argument led to the shooting, which occurred just a short walk away from bars and restaurants filled with New Year's revelers.

    Police say the victim marks the last reported homicide in Philadelphia for 2013, bringing the total to 247 for the year.

    Despite the bloody end to 2013, the homicide total represents a 25 percent drop from last year when 331 murders were reported.

    Elsewhere in the city, another late night shooting left two teens wounded.

    Authorities say around 11: 45 p.m., two 17-year-old girls were shot in the leg on the 7900 block of Temple Road in the city's Mount Airy neighborhood.

    Both victims were taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where they are listed in stable condition.

    Police also found bullet holes in three vehicles on the block.

    No arrests have been made in either incident.