Six people were shot – one person fatally –in five separate outbreaks of gunfire overnight.
The crime wave came mere hours after Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey announced he will today travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in commission tasked with providing recommendations to help stop gun violence in the wake of last week's shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Police said an 18-year-old man was shot twice in the shoulder and once in the face shortly before 7:30 p.m. on the 2200 block of East Monmouth Street in Port Richmond. He was taken to Episcopal Hospital by private vehicle, then transferred to Temple University Hospital, where he is in extremely critical condition.
A 36-year-old man was shot seven times a little over an hour later on the 1800 block of Conlyn Street in East Germantown. Police said he was hit in the bottom lip, left arm and hand, left and right shoulders, right buttocks and right hip. He is in stable condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center.
A 22-year-old man is in stable condition after being shot in the thigh around 11:15 p.m. on the 700 block of East Allegheny Avenue in Kensington.
A 24-year-old woman, reportedly a waitress walking home from work, was shot in the lower back at 13th and Catharine streets about an hour later. She is in stable condition at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Two men were shot –one of them fatally – on the 2000 block of Castor Avenue in Frankford shortly before 1 a.m. Police said a gunman opened fire, striking one man, 24, in the left side of the torso and the second man, also 24, twice in the thigh.
Both victims were taken to Temple University Hospital, where the first man died around 1:10 a.m., while the second is in stable condition.
No suspects have been named and no arrests have yet been made in any of the overnight incidents. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or filling out this online form.