BY PETER MUCHA/INQUIRER As midnight approached last night, a period of violence started scattering across the city, leaving three men dead and four others wounded, police said.This year’s murder toll now stands at 262.
Shortly after 11:30 p.m., a 21-year-old was shot at least twice in the 1900 block of South Salford Street.
Jeffrey Parks was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead a few minutes before midnight, according to Officer Raul Malveiro.
At 11:46 p.m., police found a stabbing victim outside in the 800 block of East Willard Street. The 29-year-old, who had been stabbed once in the chest, was taken to Northeastern Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 12:30 a.m. His name was not released this morning.
Then, within tho hours, shootings left four men wounded and hospitalized, all in stable condition.
Just before 1 a.m., a 19-year-old was shot in the hip outside in the 400 block of East Rittenhouse Street. He was taken to Einstein Hospital.
At about the same time, a 30-year-old was shot in the neck in the 1600 block of South 23d Street. He was transported to HUP.
Shortly after 1:30, a 55-year-old was shot twice in the left calf inside a home in the 800 block of East Stafford Street. He was treated at Einstein.
At 2:17 a.m., a 23-year-old was shot in the right foot in the 1400 block of Louden Street. He, too, was treated at Einstein.
The seventh attack of the night, however, also proved fatal.
At 3:19 a.m., a 36-year-old was found outside with a gunshot wound to the chest in the 3000 block of West Lehigh Avenue.
He was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital just after 4 a.m.
Police are still trying to determine suspects and motives in all of these cases, Malveiro said.