INQUIRER: Three shootings yesterday in Grays Ferry, Kensington and West Oak Lane left three dead and three in critical condition, police said. All the victims were male, and all were shot on the street. No arrests had been made as of last night.
Just before 6 p.m. in the 1300 block of Harmony Street in Grays Ferry, two men in their 50s were shot. One, age 56, was shot once in the head, the other on the right side of his body.
Both were pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
About 6:30 p.m. on the 800 block of East Thayer Street in Kensington, police said, a 30-year-old man was shot in the back and taken to Temple University Hospital. He was listed in critical condition.
And a triple shooting on the 7200 block of Ogontz Avenue in West Oak Lane at about 8:45 p.m. left a man in his early 20s dead with a bullet wound to his head.
Two others, an 18-year-old hit with multiple bullets and a 19-year-old shot once, were in critical condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center, police said.
There have been 329 homicides in Philadelphia this year, compared to 392 in all of 2007. MORE
RELATED: The number of young black men and teenagers who either killed or were killed in shootings has risen at an alarming rate since 2000, a new study shows. The study, to be released Monday by criminologists at Northeastern University in Boston, comes as FBI data is showing that murders have leveled off nationwide. Not so for black teens, the youngest of whom saw dramatic increases in shooting deaths, the Northeastern report concluded. Last year, for example, 426 black males between the ages of 14 and 17 were killed in gun crimes, the study shows. That marked a 40 percent increase from 2000. Similarly, an estimated 964 in the same age group committed fatal shootings in 2007 _ a 38 percent increase from seven years earlier. MORE
ASSOCIATED PRESS: A man enraged by a noisy family sitting near him in a movie theater on Christmas night shot the father of the family in the arm, police said. James Joseph Cialella [pictured, right], 29, of Philadelphia, faces six charges that include attempted murder and aggravated assault. He remained in custody Saturday. Police said Cialella told the man’s family to be quiet, then threw popcorn at the man’s son. The victim, whom television reports identified as Woffard Lomax, told police that Cialella was walking toward his family when he stood up and was shot. MORE
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