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Seven Shot, One Killed, in Shootout at Philadelphia Housing Complex

At least 50 gunshots from at least two guns left one man dead and at least six people hurt at a Philadelphia housing complex overnight

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A shootout where dozens of shots were fired in the courtyard of a Philadelphia housing complex left one person dead and at least six people hurt overnight.

At least 50 gunshots were fired from at least two guns during the shootout inside the courtyard of the Spring Garden Apartments near 7th and Wallace streets on the line of the Northern Liberties neighborhood just before midnight.

Initially, six people – including a 57-year-old man and 22-year-old woman – were reported shot and were being treated after showing up at local hospitals. Two people were listed in critical condition -- a 24-year-old man who was shot 10 times and a 22-year-old shot in his neck, Philadelphia police said. The others were listed in stable condition.

Then early Wednesday, investigators found a man in his 20s dead behind some cars along North 8th Street, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

The crime scene extended over a large area as homes and cars were also struck, shattering windows. Cash could be seen left on the ground. Police spent hours putting out dozens of evidence markers and searching for clues as they tried to track down the shooters.

“It’s just outrageous, that’s all I can say… it’s just really crazy,” one resident said.

Philadelphia has seen an uptick in deadly violence this year. There have been at least 176 homicides as of Tuesday. That's up 26% from the same date last year and is the highest homicide total at this point in the year since at least 2007.

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