Northeast Times

Two men found bound, shot in Crescentville

One man was murdered and an­oth­er crit­ic­ally wounded in an ab­duc­tion-re­lated shoot­ing along a wooded Cres­centville street on Thursday af­ter­noon.

Po­lice went to the 5600 block of New­town Ave. at about 5:45 in re­sponse to a po­lice ra­dio re­port of a shoot­ing and found the vic­tims, ages 29 and 26, ly­ing on the re­mote street near rail­road tracks and Ta­cony Creek Park. They had been bound with duct tape and shot mul­tiple times each. Po­lice also found about a half-dozen empty shell cas­ings there.

The older man, iden­ti­fied by po­lice as Carl John­son, was wounded in the head, chest and leg. He died at the scene. Para­med­ics took the 26-year-old to Al­bert Ein­stein Med­ic­al Cen­ter in crit­ic­al but stable con­di­tion with wounds of the back, arm and leg. Au­thor­it­ies have not re­leased his name.

A po­lice source said that the sur­viv­ing vic­tim claimed that gun­men ab­duc­ted the vic­tims in the Ger­man­town area and drove them to New­town Av­en­ue in a van. A motive is not known. Po­lice have not re­leased de­scrip­tions of the cul­prits.

Con­trary to one pub­lished news re­port, au­thor­it­ies now be­lieve that the shoot­ings were not con­nec­ted to the rob­bery of an ar­mored truck out­side a May­fair bank that morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice source. ••

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