Philly Cops Probing 2 Shootings, 1 Stabbing
It continues to be an ugly, violent week for Philadelphia.
Coming on the heels of a brutal Wednesday, which saw 10 people shot across the city, Philadelphia police are now busy investigating a pair of unconnected shootings and a stabbing.
A 16-year-old was standing with her dog in front of her house about 11:30 p.m. Thursday on 7th Street near Luzerne when she was struck by what appears to have been a stray bullet.
Police said the teen heard a loud “pop” and was struck in the left thigh. She was admitted to Temple University Hospital in stable condition.
Al Dia reported that the teen was at least the third person struck by errant gunfire in the city thus far this year; the number could be higher, because police don’t keep statistics on innocent bystanders who are wounded in shootings.
Shortly after 3 a.m., police were called to 22nd Street near Ritner in South Philly for a report of gunshots. Cops found bullet casings and glass at the scene, but no sign of a victim. A short while later, they found him. An 18-year-old man turned up at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with gunshot wounds to his left arm and left leg.
Investigators said he’d been transported to the hospital in a white 1999 Chrysler 300 that was riddled with bullet holes. The driver of the car, who was not injured, told investigators that another motorist had pulled next to him in South Philly and opened fire.
There have been no arrests in either of the shootings.
At about 8:40 Friday morning, a 59-year-old man was stabbed in the stomach after he walked out of the Colombian Bakery on 5th Street near Rockland in Olney.
Police said the victim was admitted to Einstein Medical Center in critical condition. The knife-wielding suspect was described as a medium-built Colombian man who stood about 5-foot-1 to 5-foot-5. Officials say he is balding and wore a long sleeve gray sweater and black hat, and fled on foot.
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