The shooting death of a 23-year-old man in Chester Saturday afternoon marked a grim tally: There have already been 20 homicides in the city of less than 40,000, far outpacing the recent years.
Teshon Malloy was found shortly before 5 p.m. in the street at Thomas and Terrill streets suffering from multiple bullet wounds. He died at a nearby hospital. On Sunday, Chester police arrested Miguel Moreno with Malloy's slaying. No motive was given for the shooting.
Later on Saturday, an 11-year-old boy was struck inside his house by an apparently stray bullet, police said. The child suffered a wound to his upper chest, and remained in stable condition at a Chester Crozer Medical Center on Sunday afternoon.
The violence is part of a downturn for a city already besieged in recent years. Homicides in Chester are well ahead of the last two years' paces, when there were 12 murders through the first six months of both those years.
The year-end totals were 24 in 2015 and 26 in 2016, according to Chester police.
The city has had eight murders since June 2, when a 16-year-old was gunned down amid the overgrown grass of an elementary school as the teen walked to his Chester High School. There were several shootings within hours of each other that day.