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Two gunmen fired more than 65 rounds and wounded six people in a Philadelphia neighborhood on Thursday night, leaving a “vast” crime scene for them, police said.
Gunfire broke out on the 5100 block of Germantown Avenue around 11:30 p.m., with the shooters unleashing a hailstorm and scattering people while leaving a 21-year-old woman unconscious on the street. street, Philadelphia Police Department Superintendent Scott Small. speak.
“The crime scene is very large. We found more than 65 seashells. It was a lot of footage,” Small said.
Officers responded to multiple 911 calls and found the woman with multiple gunshot wounds to her chest and torso. She went in and was unconscious when officers took her to Temple University Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition, the chief inspector said.
The five men later went to a local hospital with injuries from the same shooting, he said.
Two men, aged 19 and 21, arrived at Albert Einstein Medical Center with bullet wounds in their legs, Small said. They were in stable condition.
A 23-year-old who was shot twice in the leg and a 20-year-old man who was shot in the arm and grazed over the head have also arrived at Temple University Hospital and are stable, with Small calling the 20-year-old “very lucky.” to maintain a graze over his head. Specifically, a 29-year-old man went to the hospital after being shot in the leg, Small said.
Additionally, three parked cars parked on nearby Collom Street had bullet holes, he added.
Because she suffered the most injuries, police thought the 21-year-old woman might have been the intended target, but the sheer volume of bullets fired made it difficult to determine a motive, Small said.
The shooting happened on a section of Germantown Avenue lined with restaurants and shops.
Police street cameras failed to capture gunfire, but investigators hoped to collect surveillance video from nearby businesses that may have captured the incident, Small said.
What police cameras captured was a white van driving down Germantown Avenue, but it appeared the driver only picked up two shooting victims to the Albert Einstein Medical Center, he added.
Meanwhile, the gunmen remained calm.
ONE earn points by the City of Philadelphia’s Comptroller’s Office, last updated on Dec. 28, shows at least 1,827 ongoing victims of firearms in 2021. Meanwhile, gunfire has caused at least 481 of those. 559 murders in Philadelphia this year, according to the city controller’s office.
This is the year with the most murders in Philadelphia’s recorded history. The previous homicide record, set in 1990, was 500, according to PPD.
Community activist Kelly Cales Martinez: “You’re scared of what might happen when you go to the corner store. Your kids could be playing in the yard and they could get shot.” told NBC10 on Thursday.
Mayor Jim Kenney twice this year refused to issue an urgent declaration on gun violence, something promoted by both activists and legislators as a way to clear red tape and promote resources to combat the issue.
Earlier this month, the mayor told NBC10 via email that an emergency declaration on gun violence would “have no discernible impact in enhancing what is already a highly collaborative and innovative approach to addressing the crisis.” this public health crisis.”
Martinez, the community activist, said she hopes city leaders have a better plan to prevent violence next year.
“There has to be a way, somehow, that we can prevent at least some of this,” she said.
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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