A Violent Start to Philadelphia’s New Year continued into the afternoon and evening of Monday with at least four people killed and five others injured in at least seven separate shootings, including one in which a man was shot 32 times.
The first shooting occurred at 4:16 p.m. in the 2700 block of North 26th Street in North Philadelphia. A 28-year-old man was shot once in the left leg while another 28-year-old man was shot once in the stomach. Both men were taken to Temple University Hospital. The man who was shot in the stomach is in critical condition while the second victim has been put on a stable list.
About two hours later, 35-year-old Khalif Carr-Witherspoon was shot multiple times at the 6300 block of North Beechwood Street in East Germantown. He was pronounced dead at 6:26 pm
The third shooting happened at 6:38 p.m. on the 3000 block of Ella Street in Kensington. A 25-year-old man was shot 14 times throughout the body while the second victim was shot 32 times throughout the body. Both men were taken to Temple University Hospital, where they died a short time later.
At 7:48 p.m., Travis Bing, 31, was on the 200th block of West Westmoreland Street when a gunman opened fire. Bing was shot multiple times in the head and upper body. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:10pm
Just before 10:30 p.m., a woman was shot in the stomach on Torresdale and Bleigh Avenue in Holmesburg. She was taken to the hospital and treated in a critical condition.
Shortly before 11 p.m., a 23-year-old man was shot in the shoulder and left leg along the 200th block of West Lehigh Avenue. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
Finally, just before midnight, a licensed gunman shot dead a robber along the 1700 block of Folsom Street, police said. The 18-year-old armed suspect approached the 32-year-old man while he was in his car.
The driver fired multiple shots, police said. The teen then went to the hospital with gunshot wounds to his cheek, neck and right thumb. Police arrested the teenager while he was being treated.
No arrests have been made in any other shootings and police have yet to release information on any suspects.
As of the end of Monday, there were at least 17 murders in Philadelphia in 2022, up 31% from the same date last year.
total 562 people have been killed in the city by 2021, according to statistics from the Philadelphia Police Department. Those killings were the most since the city began tracking in 1960, and they eclipsed the previous record of 500 homicides in 1990.
The city earmarked $155 million for public safety in its final budget, including $16 million for neighborhood-based anti-violence groups.
However, Mayor Jim Kenney twice refuses to issue an emergency declaration on gun violence, something promoted by both activists and lawmakers as a way to clear red tape and promote resources to combat the problem.
There are additional resources for people or communities who have experienced gun violence in Philadelphia. Detailed information can be found here.
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