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- A 21-year-old man walking near two schools along North Marshall Street appeared to be the target of two gunmen, Philadelphia police say.
- The man died a short time after being found next to a bag of candy and other items, police said.
- Two masked men fled the scene on bicycles, witnesses said.
Two masked gunmen shot a 21-year-old Philadelphia man more than two dozen times while the victim walked near his home early Tuesday morning, Philadelphia police said.
Witnesses told investigators that the two shooters fled on bicycles.
An off-duty officer heard the barage of gunshots and rushed to the scene on North Marshall Street near Poplar Street, located on the edge of Northern Liberties and the Poplar section of the city.
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There, investigators found evidence that 29 shots were fired from two separate guns, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
Twenty five of them hit the victim, who has not been identified. He suffered wounds to his neck, chest, torso, back and legs. He died a short time later at a nearby hospital, according to police.
The man lived about four blocks away from where he died and was "clearly the intended target," Small said.
At the hospital, police found a gun in his pocket. He never got a chance to pull that weapon, they said.