2 killed in South Philadelphia shootout on South 8th Street; 3 being questioned

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Two men are dead and three people of interest are in custody after an apparent shooting in South Philadelphia early Tuesday morning, according to police.

“We think it’s definitely some kind of shooting because we found 35 spent semi-automatic gun shell casings,” said Scott Small, chief inspector of the Philadelphia Police.

Investigators said the shooting took place just after 3:15 a.m. near the area where South 8th Street intersects Wolf Street and West Moyamensing Avenue.

Officers on patrol heard gunfire and responded to the scene within seconds, according to Chief Inspector Small.

Arriving officers spotted two men who appeared to be in their 20s unresponsive on South 8th Street.

Police found a gun next to each of the victims.

Paramedics pronounced a victim dead at the scene after being shot multiple times in the chest; The other victim was pronounced dead at hospital after suffering a single shot in the shoulder.

Investigators said they found shell casings at four different locations around 8th Street and Wolf Street.

They said at least four unattended vehicles were hit by bullets.

Small said when police arrived at the scene, they saw a vehicle exiting the area.

“So they followed this vehicle. Police stopped this vehicle about a mile away at 3rd (Street) and Oregon (Avenue),” Small said.

Police said three men were in the vehicle and a gun was within sight.

The three individuals identified as persons of interest have been taken into custody for questioning.

Investigators work to match guns, bullets, and shell casings.

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