Philadelphia weekend violence: 16 people shot since Friday across city; residents fed up with violence

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The police presence was seen and felt throughout Philadelphia’s Juniata community this weekend.

A total of 16 people have been shot dead in the city since Friday evening. Four of the victims died from their injuries, police said.

In Juniata alone, police say five victims were injured in two shootings.

“It’s worrying. We’re mindful of our business, but God forbid you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said one resident.

Police say a man was shot dead in the 3900 block of Howland Street on Sunday. He was taken to a district hospital. There was no immediate word on his condition.

The shooting comes just a block from Saturday’s shooting, which injured four men.

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The shooting erupted just after 4 p.m. in the 1300 block of Luzerne Street

Police say a large group of people were standing on the corner when a black Chevrolet Tahoe with two gunmen inside opened fire.

A 39-year-old man was taken to hospital in a private vehicle, where he was left in critical but stable condition. The private vehicle then exited the hospital, police say.

A 20-year-old man who was shot nine times is also in critical condition in hospital. Police say the victim is the son of a civilian employee of the Philadelphia Police Department.

An 18-year-old man was shot in the biceps while a 37-year-old man was shot in the foot. Both victims are in stable condition in hospital.

The armed men fled the scene. Police say they found at least 27 spent shell casings from two separate guns.

After 27 years in the same house, a neighbor of Juniata says she’s finally had enough.

“I’m thinking about moving, moving on. It was a beautiful area. It gets a little rough for me after a few years,” the woman said.

According to the police, 292 homicides have been registered since the beginning of the year.

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