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Pregnant Woman, Man Shot at West Philly Nightclub

The 30-year-old woman and 48-year-old man were at a nightclub on the 5400 block of Pearl Street Tuesday night when someone opened fire.

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A pregnant woman and a man were recovering after they were both shot at a nightclub in West Philadelphia Tuesday night. 

The 30-year-old woman and 48-year-old man were on the 5400 block of Pearl Street at 9:16 p.m. when at least one person opened fire into the crowd that had gathered to remember a coworker who had recently died, Philadelphia police said.

The woman was shot in the right side of the head, left wrist and left side of her chest while the man was shot in the left shoulder and left hip. 

Both victims were taken to Mercy Hospital in stable condition. Specialists were brought in to care for the unborn child, police said.

No arrests have been made and a weapon has not been recovered. Police said they were looking for two women and men, at least one who was armed.

The shooting occurred about an hour after two separate deadly shootings in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

With 309 homicides reported in the city as of Tuesday night, Philadelphia is on pace to have its deadliest year on record.

City leaders, including councilmember Jamie Gauthier (3rd District) have called for Mayor Kenney to declare a citywide emergency due to the gun violence crisis.

Kenney wrote a letter to Gauthier stating he doesn’t plan on declaring one because it would have no impact in strengthening his administration’s current anti-violence efforts. 

Those efforts include allocating over $150 million to gun violence prevention in the recently approved 2022 budget, weekly meetings with Philadelphia police and other agencies to help find solutions and participating in a national initiative made up of 15 cities across the country to collaborate on violence intervention strategies.

There are additional resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.

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