KILLADELPHIA: 2 More Dead Since U Went 2 Bed

skeleton-running.gifINQUIRER: The year’s homicide count in Philadelphia reached 300 this morning after two people were found dead this morning, police said.

Shortly after midnight, a young man was gunned down in North Philadelphia. About 9:30 a.m., a woman was found beaten to death in her North Philadelphia home.

The shooting happened at 12:05 a.m. on the 2500 block of North 17th Street in North Philadelphia, police said.

Steven Gates, 25, was shot multiple times, and was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m., according to Sgt. William Gallagher.

Gates lived on the 2900 block of North 22d Street.

skeleton-running.gif Police are “actively looking for witnesses,” Gallagher said.

At 9:23 a.m., a woman reported that she found her sister-in-law unresponsive in her home in the 4300 block of North Eighth Street, said Officer Raul Malveiro, a police spokesman.

Authorities said it appears the 44-year-old victim, whose name was not immediately released, died of blunt force trauma to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:38 a.m.

Last year, the city had 276 homicides through Sept. 19. This year, the city is 8 percent higher than the same period last year and on track to exceed the 406 homicides reported by year’s end, the highest since 1997. MORE

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