Posted on 08 January 2014 by WestPhillyLocal.com
A 21-year-old man was shot point-blank and gravely wounded early Wednesday morning after he answered a knock on his door, according to police. The shooting took place just before 1 a.m. on the 5300 block of Osage Avenue. The man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and it is unknown at this time if he is going to survive.
“He was shot at least two times — once in the head and once in the neck,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told NBC10.
Update (1:00 p.m.): Police said that it wasn’t a random shooting. There are no more details available at this point and there is no description of the suspect, who fled the scene after the shooting.
Posted on 09 December 2013 by WPL
A 38-year-old man was shot and abducted Sunday night near 49th and Springfield, according to various reports. Police say the man, a South Philadelphia resident, was driving in the area last night (around 10 p.m., according to a neighbor report), when a group of men traveling in a white van marked “Soft Touch Cleaning Service” opened fire on him.
The man’s car crashed into a utility pole. The men allegedly jumped out of the van, bound the victim with duct tape and drove him to Northeast Philadelphia where he was shot again and robbed, ABC6 is reporting. The man was found around 11:30 p.m. lying in the street on the 7500 block of Summerdale Ave in Northeast Philly, according to GunCrisis.org. He was transported to the hospital and is listed in very critical condition with three gunshot wounds.
The man was robbed of $3,800 during the attack and initially told the police that he was attacked after leaving SugarHouse Casino. However, police now say that the man wasn’t at the casino before the attack. A police source said that the attack may be drug related. The investigation continues.
Some neighbors reported hearing two rounds of gunshots last night at 10 p.m. near 49th and Springfield and police presence. According to a neighbor report, Springfield Avenue was closed this morning between 50th and St. Bernard, with a black Cadillac driven into a telephone pole.
Posted on 08 October 2013 by WestPhillyLocal.com
As we reported earlier, a 23-year-old man was shot multiple times and killed at the intersection of 54th Street and Florence Avenue on Sunday night. Police identified the man as Devin Hatch, who lived on the 5600 block of Florence Avenue. Five other men were wounded in the shooting, one critically. A crowd of people was outside Los Papi Deli & Grocery at 54th Street and Florence Avenue around 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, when a group of four to five gunmen walked up to the corner and opened fire, according to reports.
Devin’s friends and neighbors took to social media to express their grief (#ripdev). According to several tweets, a candlelight vigil for Devin will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the scene of the shooting at 54th and Florence.
Posted on 07 October 2013 by WestPhillyLocal.com
Police are investigating a multiple shooting that left one dead and several wounded at the intersection of 54th Street and Florence Avenue. Six young men, from 18 to 23 years old, were shot on Sunday, around 7 p.m. One person was killed and one critically injured, 6ABC reports. Four other victims are in stable condition. Police say that the young man who was killed lived on Florence Avenue, just a few blocks away from the scene of the shooting. He was shot multiple times in the back and chest, according to ABC. There were about 50 shell casings found at the scene.
Police said that it doesn’t appear to be a drive-by shooting, but a car was apparently involved. No other details are available at this time as the investigation continues.
Posted on 31 August 2013 by Editor
Three people were shot outside of The Watusi bar at 46th and Walnut early Saturday morning.
NBCPhiladelphia is reporting that two women and a man were shot during an argument that began inside the bar at about 1 a.m. Two women, ages 21 and 24, were grazed by bullets. A 24-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot in the abdomen. A neighbor who lives near the lounge, which has seen gun violence in the past, said that a total of six shots were fired.
“This is the second time this has happened in the past six months,” the neighbor, who asked not to be named, said. “I can’t believe that somewhere where people are bringing concealed loaded weapons is allowed to stay open and face no scrutiny.”
Shots were fired at about the same time on April 26. No one was injured in that incident.
Neighbors have complained about noise and violence at Watusi Lounge and Watusi II at 45th and Locust in the past. The Watusi II was the subject of a community meeting last week to address the dozens of community complaints. The University City Review reported that piles of evidence were presented about everything from drug use at the bar to it serving patrons well after the 2 a.m. closing time.
Despite the complaints and tens of thousands of dollars in back taxes, owner Noel Karasanyi has been able to keep both establishments open.
Posted on 22 August 2013 by WPL
UPDATE (Fri, Aug 23, 3:50 p.m.): Police said that one person shot and wounded three people last night in Kingsessing, near S. Saint Bernard and Greenway. All three victims are in critical but stable condition. All three are young men, in their early 20′s. The shooting was a result of a fight over a comment made to a woman, according to police. The shooting was in retaliation for the comment and was not drug-related as it was reported earlier. The investigation continues.
Earlier: At least two men were shot Thursday night in the Kingsessing area, police confirmed. West Philly Local readers reported gunfire near S. Saint Bernard and Greenway shortly after 7 p.m. Both men are reportedly wounded. A police source said that the shootings may have been drug-related.