Police said they believed a 60-year-old man shot two women, a 31-year-old who died at the scene and the other, described as the shooter's 55-year-old girlfriend, who was declared dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Their names were not released.
According to neighbors, the man shot the younger woman on the street and then went inside to go after her mother. He shot her in the head, then walked away, neighbors said.
The next shooting was reported at 8:15 p.m. in the 6200 block of North Smedley Street, in the Ogontz section of the city. Police said a 17-year-old boy was shot in the head and declared dead at the scene by rescue units. His name was not released.
Those homicides were followed by another about 9:20 p.m. in North Philadelphia.
Initial reports were that a 50-year-old man was found shot twice in the abdomen on the 100 block of West Westmoreland Street.
Another shooting about the same time on the 7300 block of Ogontz Avenue reportedly left three people with serious injuries. All three were taken Albert Einstein Medical Center.
Last night's violence was preceded by another homicide hours earlier in Hunting Park.
Police said a man opened fire about 1 a.m. yesterday inside La Quinta Restaurant & Bar at Fifth and Courtland Streets. The gunfire resulted in one fatality and the wounding of five people.
The dead man was described as 30 years old. Police would not release his identity yesterday because his family had not been notified. There was no word on a suspect or a motive for the shootings.
Now, I don't know about you, but I lost count. That is one busy, bloody night in Philly. Why do you think that is? How do the gun laws enter into this? In Pennsylvania they're fairly lenient and across the river in New Jersey they're fairly strict. I wouldn't imagine the guns involved would have come from Jersey, would you?
Do you think the availability of handguns in Philadelphia could have played a part in this tragic weekend? Do you suppose if guns were much harder to come by, one or more of these deaths might have been avoided?
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