1 dead, 1 injured after nearly 70 shots fired in North Philadelphia


PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — One person is dead and another is seriously injured after nearly 70 shots were fired in North Philadelphia on Monday night.

It happened around 6:38 p.m. in the area of ​​Oxford and Bouvier streets, a few blocks from Temple University.

Police said a 23-year-old man died of his injuries. The second victim, a 26-year-old man, was listed as critical at an area hospital.

“We’re very lucky given the number of bullets fired that more people weren’t hit by gunfire,” Philadelphia Inspector DF Pace said.

According to the police, the victims were shot by several gunmen.

“Four handguns recovered. This is unusual, we were able to recover four handguns from this incident. At least two of them have extended magazines, high capacity magazines,” Pace added.

One suspect was taken into custody, but police said other suspects were wanted. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

Less than two weeks ago, five people were injured after around 20 shots were fired from just down the block. The townspeople are scared and frustrated.

“It’s honestly out of control. It feels like the Wild West here,” one resident said.

The crime also affects students at Temple University.

“It’s scary. Honestly, it’s scary. We’re just trying to go to school and get an education and that’s what we have to worry about all year round,” the student said Bay Wilson.

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