Nearly two dozen shell casings covered the ground at the scene of a "brutal" overnight homicide.
An unidentified teen was shot in the chest, stomach, both arms and both legs on the sidewalk outside his great grandmother's house on the 1300 block of S 5th Street (near Wharton Street) just before 11 p.m. Monday.
The 19-year-old male victim was rushed to Jefferson University Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, according to Philadelphia Chief Inspector Scott Small.
Small says investigators found 22 shell casings from at least three different caliber handguns. Most of the cases were found within feet of where the victim was found.
"That's an indication that he was not only the intended target but that he was shot at point blank range," Small said.
Police are pouring over area surveillance video and interviewing witnesses in hopes of tracking down the suspects.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said that area where the shooting happened has been plagued by gang violence in the past.
Is an area that has been plagued by gangs in the past
"We want to make sure that's not the case here because then you've got to be concerned about retaliation," Ramsey told NBC10.