A gunman approached a group of people playing cards and dice on the porch of a North Philadelphia home Tuesday night and opened fire.
Five men were struck, one left critically injured, in the shooting just before midnight along the 4500 block of North 19th Street in the city’s Logan neighborhood, Philadelphia police said.
The men ran into a nearby house to seek help and escape the gunfire, police said.
Police and private drivers rushed the men – ranging in age from their late 20s to mid 50s – to the hospital where four of them were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The other man was listed in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his stomach.
Investigators didn’t reveal what led to the shooting and said there didn’t appear to be an argument beforehand. The shooter fled on foot.
The area has seen other violence recently with at least 114 crimes -- including aggravated assaults -- reported in that section of Logan in the past six months, investigators said.
“This is an area that has seen some gun violence,” Deputy Commissioner Ben Nash said. “It’s another sad indication about what’s going on.”
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Philadelphia City Councilmember-at-Large Derek Green said the gun violence is leaving him and community members frustrated.
"It's a pandemic, it's a virus that has impacted us just like COVID," Green said.
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