A man shot two of his neighbors, one to death, in the Frankford section of Lower Northeast Philadelphia and four people were wounded in a shooting in southwest Center City as gunfire erupted throughout the city Sunday morning.
The Frankford killing was the fifth incident of the early hours and a 69-year-old resident of the 4700 block of James Street was being questioned by detectives for the shooting of a man and a woman that left one dead and another on life support. None of those involved were immediately identified.
"The story is still being sorted out," one police official at the scene in the 4700 block said. The shooter was seen in the back of a police cruiser.
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Overall, the carnage across Philadelphia left 11 people injured or killed, including a man killed near 22nd and Fitzwater streets. Another homicide occurred about 7:30 a.m. Police found a man face down in a parking lot on South Fourth Street just north of Washington Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
In addition to the dead man in the Fitzwater Street shootout, three others were wounded in a shooting that stretched over two blocks in the Graduate Hospital section of Center City.
The gunfire began shortly after midnight and responding officers found the four injured men stretched over two blocks of Fitzwater Street from 20th to 22nd streets.
"We woke up at like midnight last night and heard about 11 gunshots, like one after another, and then we just ducked behind our bed for like 15 minutes," Cassie McGoldrick told NBC10.
All of the men were in their 20s, including the dead man who was 28.
The second shooting of the night happened about 1:30 a.m. in North Philadelphia at North 29th Street and Ridge Avenue during what police are investigating as a potential attempted robbery. The shot man was rushed to Temple University Hospital and was in critical condition.
The third shooting occurred just before 2 a.m. at a strip mall along Harbison Avenue near Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia. Police found a man shot multiple times in the back and chest.
Minutes later, the fourth shooting occurred shortly after 2 a.m. in Southwest Philadelphia. A 24-year-old man was found shot in the 5900 block of Kingsessing Avenue.
About the same time, homicide detectives were called to the deadly neighbor confrontation on James Street.
And in the sixth shooting of the morning, a 24-year-old man was found about 4 a.m. in the Fairhill section with a leg wound. A black Chevrolet Monte Carlo was seen driving away from the shooting, according to police.
None of the people involved in any of the shootings have been identified by police.
Correction: Philadelphia Police initially said two people died in the James Street shooting but later said one victim remained on life support.