What to Know
- Two boys are among at least seven people killed during a violent July 4th holiday weekend in Philadelphia.
- There were at least 17 shootings around the city Saturday and Sunday.
- "This weekend’s horrific violence is a stark reminder that COVID-19 isn’t the only crisis plaguing our city," Mayor Jim Kenney said.
Gun violence rocked neighborhoods around Philadelphia over the July 4th holiday weekend, leaving at least seven people, including a 6-year-old boy and 15-year-old, dead and at least 21 others injured in at least 17 separate shootings Saturday and Sunday.
Here is a rundown of the gun violence over the 48-hour period that has Philadelphia's mayor reminding people that the new coronavirus isn't the only crisis plaguing the city:
On Saturday, around 10:30 p.m., a 19-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were on the 1600 block of Conestoga Street when a gunman opened fire.
The 19-year-old was shot in the right shoulder while the 22-year-old was shot in the right hip. Both victims were taken to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in stable condition. No arrests was made and a weapon was not recovered.
Shortly after, around 11:15 p.m., police responded to Albert Einstein Medical Center for a report of two shooting victims. When they arrived they found a 37-year-old woman who suffered two gunshot wounds to the right leg as well as a 21-year-old man who suffered a graze wound to the head. Both victims were listed in stable condition and no arrest was made.
The violence continued Sunday at 12:17 a.m. on the 4200 block of L Street in Juniata Park. A 42-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the chest following a shooting but refused medical treatment. No arrests were made.
Around 2:30 a.m., a 26-year-old man and 21-year-old man were on the 600 block of South Street when an unidentified gunman opened fire. Both men were shot in their right legs and taken to the hospital where they were both listed in stable condition.
Sunday morning, around 6:50, a 26-year-old man on the 1400 block of West Toronto Street was shot through the left thigh into his right foot. He was taken to Temple University Hospital in stable condition. A weapon was recovered at the scene, but no arrests have been made.
Around 1 p.m., a 6-year-old boy was shot in the chest at a home on the 4600 block of Kendrick Street, in the city's Upper Holmesburg section of Northeast Philadelphia. The boy later died from his injuries after being rushed by a family member to the hospital.
It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting or if police had identified any suspects.
Around 1:30 p.m., a 31-year-old man and a 30-year-old man were both on the 1800 block of Wallace Street in Spring Garden when a gunman opened fire.
The 31-year-old was shot in the stomach and chest while the 30-year-old was shot in the left buttocks. Both victims were taken to the hospital and listed in stable condition. No arrests were made.
At 2:13 p.m., a 37-year-old woman was on the 1900 block of Clarence Street in the Kensington neighborhood when a gunman opened fire. Desiree Shaffer-Perez, who lived on the block, was shot 12 times in the mid torso, police said. Shaffer-Perez was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
A weapon was recovered and a police initially said a person was taken into custody in connection to the shooting. On Monday, police said no arrest had been made.
Around 3:20 p.m., a 27-year-old man was on the 1300 block of South 17th Street in Point Breeze when a gunman opened fire. The man was shot several times in the head and body and pronounced dead minutes later.
A second man in the area was shot in the back and taken to the hospital where the 30-year-old was listed in stable condition. No arrests were made and no weapon was recovered in connection to the double shooting.
Around the same time, a 38-year-old woman was on the 2700 block of N. Broad Street in North Philadelphia when a gunman opened fire. The woman was shot once in the left arm and taken to Temple University Hospital where she is in stable condition.
At 4:45 p.m., a 43-year-old man was found in the 2300 block of N. Croskey Street in North Philadelphia with a gunshot wound to the back of his head. Abdul Lamar Davis was pronounced dead minutes later. No arrests were made.
At 4:53 p.m., an 11-year-old girl suffered a graze wound to the right hip after a gunman opened fire on the 2500 block of S. 67th Street in Southwest Philadelphia. The girl was treated at the scene by a medic and was listed in stable condition. No arrests were made.
Around 6:30 p.m., two men were shot on the 2100 block of East Ann Street in Kensington. Kevin Selby, 22, was shot multiple times throughout his body and taken to Temple University Hospital where he died a short time later.
A 29-year-old man also hit in the shooting was taken to the hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
No arrests were made and a weapon was not recovered.
Around 8:20 p.m., a 15-year-old boy, 35-year-old man and 36-year-old man were all shot after a gunman opened fire on the 6100 block of Nassau Road in Overbrook.
The teen, identified as Angelo Walker, was shot once in the head and taken to the Lankenau Medical Center and he later died. The 35-year-old was shot in the chest and was listed in stable, but critical condition. The 36-year-old was shot in the right buttock and was in stable condition.
No arrests were made.
Walker was a running back and defensive back for the Frankford High School football team.
"Last time I saw Angelo was two days before school was shut down," Walker's football coach, Bill Sytsma, told NBC10. "Actually had a meeting with him, talking about academics and his future, moving forward in high school as a football player and as a student-athlete."
Around 10 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot in the buttock along the 6400 block of Carlton Street in West Philadelphia, police said. He was listed in stable condition at the hospital as police searched for the shooter.
Just before 11 p.m. Sunday, a 19-year-old man was shot multiple times on the 1400 block of North 61st Street in West Philadelphia. He later died at the hospital, police said. No arrests were made.
Finally, around 11:45 p.m. Sunday a triple shooting along the 700 block of West Russell Street in North Philadelphia left a 29-year-old woman, a 52-year-old man riding his bike and a 20-year-old man in stable condition.
Sunday evening, Mayor Jim Kenney released a statement on the weekend violence.
"This weekend’s horrific violence is a stark reminder that COVID-19 isn’t the only crisis plaguing our city," Kenney wrote. "Gun violence continues to traumatize our communities and cut Philadelphians lives tragically short. Just today, we lost an innocent 6-year-old child, a woman in Kensington, and a man in South Philadelphia, as others were critically wounded in incidents throughout the city. My heart breaks for their loved ones and I extend my deepest sympathies as they process this unimaginable loss."
If you have information on any of the shootings, please call Philadelphia police at 215-686-TIPS.
Philadelphia wasn't the only major city to see a surge of deadly gun violence over the holiday weekend. At least 17 people were killed and dozens were wounded over July 4th weekend in Chicago, Illinois.
There are additional resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.