A wet August weekend was punctuated by gun violence as 18 people, including a child, were shot across Greater Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday.
A 7-year-old boy was hit in the thigh by crossfire Saturday night while playing a video game, the first of many victims in a violent weekend of summer gunfire in the city.
The other victims ranged in age from 16 to 59, including a 34-year-old man who died from injuries sustained in the 2600 block of West Berks Street shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday.
The 7-year-old boy was in his bedroom in the 200 block of Colome Street in East Germantown when he was struck by a stray bullet in his upper right thigh, police said. Officers responded at 9:41 a.m. and took the boy and his mother to Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where the child was listed in stable condition. The police said that no one saw the shooter from outside the house.
In the West Berks shooting, the victim was shot once in the neck while inside the vehicle, police said. No one has been arrested till the report is prepared.
Among other incidents was a double shooting just after midnight Sunday in the 5400 block of Walker Street. A 24-year-old man suffered severe injuries on his chest and stomach, and a 25-year-old woman on her chest and forehead. Both were taken by private vehicle to Jefferson Frankford Hospital, where he was listed in critical and stable condition. Police arrested the suspect but did not release further details.
At 12:21 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a radio call in the 2500 block of Belford St. Officers responded. found an unresponsive male, age unknown, lying on the basement floor with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at 12:43 p.m
Minutes later, at 12:36 p.m., police responded to the 6100 block of Torresdale Avenue and found another shooting victim, a 23-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. The victim was taken to Jefferson-Torresdale Hospital in critical condition. The police neither arrested nor the reason.
A 59-year-old man was shot in the buttock and left thigh in the 2900 block of North Fairhill Street just after 1 a.m. Sunday. He was listed in critical condition at Temple University Hospital.
Then shortly before 3:30 a.m. Sunday, a 43-year-old man was shot in the back and a 16-year-old boy was shot in the right arm and right thigh in the 7200 block of Glenloch Street, police said. A city ambulance took the elderly man to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, while the teenager was taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and listed in stable condition.
Finally at 8:18 p.m., a 21-year-old man was shot in the right thigh and taken by ambulance to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.
Sunday’s violence was preceded by more than half a dozen shootings on Saturday.
A 19-year-old man was shot in the 3000 block of Mifflin Street at 9:49 p.m. He was shot in the right side of the chest, taken to Presbyterian Hospital and listed in stable condition.
At 6:55 p.m., an 18-year-old male from the 4900 block of North Lawrence Street was taken to Albert Einstein Hospital with a gunshot wound to his right thumb.
A 31-year-old man was shot twice in the lower abdomen at 3:50 p.m. Saturday and was taken to Temple Hospital. At the same location, a 32-year-old man was shot once in the right calf and was also taken to the same hospital. They are both listed as stable.
A 49-year-old man was shot in the 4200 block of Frankford Avenue around 9:25 a.m. Saturday, police said. He was shot in the knee while walking to the store. The man was taken to Jefferson Hospital and listed in stable condition.
At 5:36 a.m., a 52-year-old man was shot twice in the abdomen in the 100 block of N 10th Street. He was also taken to Jefferson Hospital and is listed in critical condition.
The violence began shortly after midnight Saturday after a double shooting inside a nightclub in the 900 block of Cherry Street. A 23-year-old woman was shot once in each thigh, and a 28-year-old man was shot once in the thigh. They were both taken by medics to Jefferson Hospital and listed in stable condition. Guns were recovered but no arrests were made.