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Two Shot Dead in West Philadelphia

Philadelphia police responded to North Ruby Street in the Wynnefield neighborhood around 3 a.m. Monday to find two men with gunshot wounds

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Two people died in a shooting in West Philadelphia's Wynnefield neighborhood overnight.

Philadelphia police responded to North Ruby Street, near Hazelhurst Street, around 3 a.m. Monday to find two men -- one shot in the head and body and the other shot in the head -- laid out on the ground.

One man died at the scene, while the other died a short time later at the hospital, Philadelphia Police Capt. Anthony Ginaldi said. One man was in his 20s, while the other was in his 30s.

Police found evidence that at least eight shots were fired. They also found a gun that was stolen during a robbery "several years back," Ginaldi said.

Also at the scene, police found a spark plug, welding hammer and welding gloves, Ginaldi said while calling those items "odd." He said at least one other jurisdiction was involved in the investigation.

Philadelphia police didn't reveal a motive for the double homicide.

Entering Monday, at least 159 homicides had been reported in Philadelphia in 2023, according to Philadelphia police data. That's down 13% from the same time last year, but on pace to be one of the deadliest years in recent history.

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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