Overnight Shootings Leave 1 Dead, 1 Critical in Philadelphia

Two separate shootings, including one in which police say the gunman used an assault rifle to shoot his victim at point-blank range, left one man dead and another fighting for his life in Philadelphia overnight.

In the first shooting, an assault rifle-wielding gunman fired at least five shots at a man at point-blank range near the intersection of Chew Avenue and Locust Avenue in the city's East Germantown neighborhood.

Chief Inspector Scott Small said police received several 9-1-1 calls from neighbors who heard the gunfire. When officers arrived, they found the victim lying on the sidewalk, bleeding from four gunshot wounds to his chest, stomach and back, Small said.

Police took the man to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition Thursday morning. Small said it was unclear whether he would survive the shooting, and that he remained a John Doe Thursday morning because he did not have an ID on him at the time of the shooting. Police believe he is in his 20s.

Philadelphia Police Real Time Crime Center cameras captured the shooter jumping into a blue Hyundai sedan immediately after the shooting and taking off south on Chew Avenue. Investigators continued to review that video and surveillance from area businesses later Thursday.

A short while after that shooting, police in North Philadelphia responded to another shooting, this time at Front Street and Indiana Avenue in the Fairhill neighborhood.

Police pulled up to the corner to find a man suffering from several gunshot wounds to the chest and torso about 1:40 a.m. Luiz Padilla was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced dead.

Investigators found 13 shell casings at the scene and said it appeared the 38-year-old victim was targeted.

The shooter fled the scene in a black or dark-blue hoodie, said police.

Investigators combed over surveillance video from both scenes as they searched for clues.


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Anyone with information in either shooting should contact the police tip line at 215-686-8477 or text a tip to PPD TIP (773847).

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