A violent night in Philadelphia left two men hospitalized and another dead in two separate shooting incidents overnight.
Police were called to the 400 block of Howell Street in the Lawncrest section of the city around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday to investigate a man shot. When officer arrived they heard from neighbors that two people were actually shot during an apparent would-be robbery, said police Chief Inspector Scott Small.
“Both victims were transported to Einstein Hospital by private auto,” Small said.
A 23-year-old man remained in critical condition Tuesday morning after being shot in the head and at least twice in the torso. A 19-year-old was in stable condition after being shot in the leg, Small said.
Both men were expected to survive, police said.
It appears that the men were shot during a shootout after another man tried to rob them, Small said.
“Based on ballistic evidence on the scene we know that at least six shots were fired by two separate caliber semi-automatic weapons,” Small said.
Small said that one of the victims told police that a man in a hooded sweatshirt approached the duo as they stood on the front steps of a home and announced a robbery.
Investigators say they found a semi-automatic gun in a trash bag next to that home.
It’s unclear who had the second gun. It also wasn't clear if the suspect took anything from the victims.
A short time later, a man was shot and killed along the 2400 block of Sharswood Street in the city’s Brewerytown neighborhood. Investigators didn’t give a motive for the shooting.
None of the shooting victims were identified.