Philadelphia reaches 400 homicides for the year

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — As gun violence continues to spiral out of control in Philadelphia, police told Action News that the city recorded its 400th homicide of the year as of Monday night.

As the sun went down on Monday, there were 11 shootings in the city, including two fatalities.

Police say a 26-year-old man has died after being shot dead at about 1:38 p.m. at the 1200 block of Fillmore Street in the city’s Frankford area

Less than an hour later, a 19-year-old man was shot 21 times at the 600 block of North 13 Street in Spring Garden. According to police, the victim died from his injuries.

Investigators believe three gunmen with multiple weapons opened fire on the victim.

The gun violence continued into the evening.

Just after 5:30 p.m. on the 18th and Ringold in the Grays Ferry section of town, two men were shot dead just after 5:30 p.m

A 35-year-old was shot in the chest and a 28-year-old was shot in the head. The scene spanned several blocks.

Both victims were taken to a nearby hospital. The 35-year-old victim was taken to stable condition. The 28-year-old was brought into a life-threatening donation.

Just a block from this crime scene, just before 9 a.m. on 17th Street and Ringgold Street, a man in his 30s was shot twice in the leg. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Police are investigating whether the two crimes are related.

“(He) was shot by a younger man dressed in completely dark clothing … in this case we have a man in his 30’s who was shot by a younger man in completely dark clothing. We’re trying to make a determination as to whether the two cases at hand were related,” said Philadelphia Police Captain John Walker.

The day also began with several teenagers being shot. A 13- and 14-year-old boy was injured in a double shooting on the 1400 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard just after 3 a.m. in Hunting Park. A 16-year-old boy was also shot in the thigh on 55th Street and Poplar Street.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

According to city officials, there have been 18 incidents of gun violence in city parks and recreational facilities this year alone.

On Tuesday, Mayor Jim Kenney will sign an executive order banning guns and other lethal weapons from city recreational facilities. One of the most recent shootings occurred on September 9 at Mill Creek Rec Center. Tiffany Fletcher, who worked at the Rec Center, was killed when she was caught in the crossfire.

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