Weekend crime rundown: Three killed,10 injured in shootings, stabbings

A Philadelphia crime scene.
Rikard Larma/Metro.

At least three people were killed and 10 people were injured this weekend during an unusually violent crime wave that included at least two unrelated stabbings, six shootings and two home invasions.

Man gunned down in car

A man was shot and killed Friday evening in the Kingsessing section of Southwest Philadelphia

Police said 44-year-old Vernon Freeman, of the 1600 block of South 27th Street, was found shortly before 5:15 p.m. in the driver seat of a 2013 Dodge Charger parked on South 52nd Street near Springfield Avenue.

Freeman had been shot multiple times in his upper body, investigators said. He died on the scene.

There is not yet word on a motive for the slaying.

Two people stabbed

Two people were stabbed early Saturday morning in two unrelated incidents.

Officials said a 21-year-old man was stabbed in the chest at 1:15 am. on the 1200 block of South 17th Street in Point Breeze.

He was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was treated for a superficial wound and released.

Police said the victim was uncooperative and refused to provide details of the attack, claiming he did not see who stabbed him and did not know anyone else involved in the incident.

An 18-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was stabbed multiple times shortly before 2 a.m. in the Ogontz section of Northwest Philadelphia.

Police said the woman was attacked on the 1600 block of Widener Place and taken by private vehicle to Albert Einstein Medical Center.

Man critical after convenience store shootout

A man is in critical condition after he was shot multiple times Saturday evening in North Philadelphia.

Officers responded to 18th and West Oxford streets shortly before 6 p.m. for a report of a person with a gun.

Investigators found evidence of gunfire both inside and outside of convenience store Eight Brothers Food Market and Deli.

A 22-year-old man had been taken by private vehicle to Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

Officers went to the hospital and found the victim had been shot in the cheek, neck, lower back and inner thigh. He was transferred to Hahnemann University Hospital in critical condition.

Police haven’t disclosed a motive but said investigators with the Central Detective Division will be handling the case.

78-year-old pistol-whipped during home invasion

A 78-year-old man was pistol-whipped Saturday night during a home invasion in East Germantown.

Police said the victim’s grandson left the door to his home on the 2000 block of Church Lane unlocked while he went to get coffee.

An armed man burst through the front door around 10:30 p.m. and pistol-whipped the 78-year-old victim, according to investigators.

Officials said the gunman ordered the victim to lie on the floor and not look at him, then stole the man’s wallet containing his ID, credit cards and $50 in cash.

The suspect demanded more money, but the victim replied he didn’t have any, police said.

The gunman allegedly ordered the victim to keep his head down and not look at him, then left the home through a rear door.

The 78-year-old needed stitches to close a head laceration from the pistol-whipping. He was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center in stable condition.

The suspect is described as a five-foot-ten-inch black male of about 40 years old with a thin build. He was last seen wearing all black clothing.

Bullet flies through Chinese restaurant during double shooting

Two people were shot in Fairhill Saturday night and one man was grazed by glass fragments after a bullet from the shootout smashed through the side of his restaurant.

Police said one victim, a 19-year-old man, told them he was standing on the northeast corner of 7th and Clearfield streets with a second man, who was uninjured.

The victim said an unknown man opened fire in his direction shortly before 11 p.m.

The 19-year-old was shot once in the elbow and is in stable condition at Temple University Hospital.

A 37-year-old man who was standing on an opposite corner of 7th and Clearfield streets was shot once in the groin, according to police.

He is currently in critical condition at Temple University Hospital.

A third man, 42, told police he was inside his restaurant, New Hong Kong, at 641 W. Clearfield St. when a bullet smashed through a wood panel next to the window and struck the glass counter.

He was grazed on the forehead by glass fragments but did not require medical treatment, according to investigators.

The suspected gunman is described as a black male with a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a white hoodie or white baseball cap.

There is no word yet on a motive for the crime.

Prada sneakers stolen during rooming house home invasion

Police are looking for four men who allegedly broke into a Southwest Philadelphia boarding house and stole luxury clothing.

Investigators said a 38-year-old man around 11:30 p.m. walked up to the front of a boarding house on the 5500 block of Woodland Avenue, where he rents a first-floor room.

As he unlocked the door, four men approached him from behind and struck him on the back of the head with a handgun, according to authorities.

The men allegedly dragged the victim into the house, stole two of his cell phones and bound his hands with a belt.

Officials said two of the men went upstairs into a room rented by a second victim, a 37-year-old man.

They allegedly leveled a gun at the man and told him not to move.

Police said the suspects stole the man’s cell phone, numerous electronics and several articles of high-end clothing including Gucci belts and Prada sneakers.

The four men then got into a black Ford Explorer with faded paint and were last seen driving west on Woodland Avenue.

Investigators believe the motive for the home invasion to be robbery.

The suspects are described as four unknown black males wearing dark-colored clothing with hooded sweatshirts covering their faces. At least one of the men was armed with a black handgun, according to police.

Two people killed in three shootings early Sunday morning

Two people were killed early Sunday morning and one person was injured in three unrelated shootings.

Police said officers shortly after 2:30 a.m. received a report of a shooting victim at Harrowgate Plaza, located at I and Tioga streets.

Investigators said a large crowd had gathered near a blue GMC Yukon.

They found inside the car a 24-year-old man who had been shot once in the head. He died on the scene.

The man’s identity has not yet been released pending family notification.

Officers just ten minutes later responded to an unrelated homicide on the 4700 block of Penn Street in Frankford.

They found a 31-year-old man lying on the sidewalk. He had been shot in the left side.

The victim was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he died. His name has not yet been released pending family notification.

There is no word yet on a motive for the slaying.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the leg on the edge of Queen Village early Sunday morning.

Police said the man was attacked near 4th Street and Washington Avenue. He is in stable condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

See something?

No arrests have yet been made in any of this weekend’s violent crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911, or to submit an anonymous tip by dialing 215-686-TIPS (8477), texting PPD TIP (773847), emailing tips@phillypolice.com or by filling out this online form.


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