Police responded to two locations within blocks of each other Wednesday night, finding three people shot, two of which died.
The suspect was also wounded after police shot at him. He is now in custody.
It is unknown if the shootings were related, police say.
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Police responded to a shooting at 26th and Tasker streets at around 8 p.m. and found a man shot dead.
Ten minutes later while canvassing the neighborhood police found a man shooting another man who was lying on the ground only blocks away at 31st and Tasker streets. The man died.
The suspect at the 31st and Tasker shooting then opened fire on police and fled on foot; officers fired at him. The man was shot but it is still unclear if he was wounded by the officers or in the previous shooting, police say.
An 18-year-old woman was shot in the face, caught in the crossfire between police and the suspect, police say.
The woman and the suspect were brought to Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The suspect is in stable condition. The woman was in critical but stable condition.
“The motivation for a lot the shootings is nonsense…petty reasons…especially for someone getting shot or killed," Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told NBC Philadelphia.
A total of nine people were shot in Philadelphia Wednesday. Three of them are dead.