A young man was killed while seven others, including a teen boy, were hurt during seven separate shootings in less than a three-hour span in Philadelphia Tuesday night as gun violence continues to devastate the city.
The first shooting occurred at 8:36 p.m. in North Philadelphia. A 36-year-old man was on the 1000 block of West Huntingdon Street when he was shot eight times in the stomach. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
The second shooting occurred at 9:08 p.m. A 52-year-old man was inside a laundromat on the 5800 block of Market Street when a gunman opened fire. The man was shot once in the head and twice in the left leg. He was taken to Presbyterian Hospital by police and is currently in critical condition.
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The third shooting occurred at 9:18 p.m. A 25-year-old man was inside a Nissan Altima on the 6200 block of Ogontz Avenue when a gunman opened fire. Devonte Hunter was shot multiple times in the face and body. He was taken by police to Einstein Hospital where he died a short time later.
The fourth shooting occurred three minutes later on the 5700 block of Thomas Avenue. A 35-year-old woman was shot once in the buttocks and once in the left calf while a 26-year-old man was shot once in the left foot. Both victims were taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where they were both in stable condition.
At 10:03 p.m., a 26-year-old man was on the 6300 block of Frankford Avenue when a gunman opened fire. The man was shot four times in the left arm, twice in the chest and twice in the right hand. He was taken by police to Jefferson-Torresdale Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
A 16-year-old boy was on 17th Street and Chew Avenue at 10:15 p.m. when a gunman opened fire. The teen was shot once in the left shoulder and taken to Einstein Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
Finally, a gunman walked up to the passenger side of a Ford F-150 pickup truck at Harbison and Cheltenham avenues around 11:20 p.m. and shot a 35-year-old man in the legs. The man was able to drive himself to a nearby police station and was then taken to the hospital where doctors listed him in stable condition.
No arrests have been made in any of the shootings. No weapons were recovered in any of the incidents, except for the Ogontz Avenue homicide. Police have not released descriptions of any suspects in the shootings.
Earlier this month, federal officials announced an “all-hands-on-deck” approach that would add resources to prosecute local gun crimes. Former Mayor Ed Rendell even floated the idea of bringing back retired police officers.
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