Five people were shot in four different shootings around the city overnight.
The first shooting on the streets of Philadelphia had deadly consequences. A teenager was shot outside a Rita’s Water Ice in the West Oak Lane section of the city just before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Markquine Pickett, 19, died a short time later while the triggerman got away, according to Philadelphia Police.
Police said robbery appeared to be the motive.
Then, around 1 a.m., a 20-year-old man was shot in the face along the 5500 block of Broomall Street in Southwest Philadelphia. Police on the scene said he was taken to the hospital in critical condition. No one was arrested and police didn’t give a motive for the shooting.
Less than an hour later and less than two miles away, two people were shot when gunshots rang out during a large fight at 62nd Street and Woodland Avenue. A 31-year-old man was hit in the stomach while a 49-year-old woman was hit in the leg, according to police.
The man was hospitalized while the woman was treated at the scene. The suspects fled the scene, police said.
Finally, a man was shot multiple times along the 500 block of E Wister Street in the Germantown section of the city. His condition wasn’t given.
Police said there were no immediate suspects or motives.
Despite this recent rash of violence, shootings remain down about 8 percent this year in Philly, according to the most recent statistics released by the Philadelphia Police Department.