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Two hospitalized in separate NE shootings

Po­lice de­tect­ives are in­vest­ig­at­ing two shoot­ings in the North­east early this week that left two people hos­pit­al­ized.

The first in­cid­ent oc­curred at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday on the 1600 block of Mar­garet Street just east of Frank­ford Av­en­ue. A 17-year-old girl told in­vest­ig­at­ors that she heard gun­fire and felt something strike her leg. She didn’t see the shoot­er, however, and walked to Aria Health’s Frank­ford Cam­pus two blocks away. Au­thor­it­ies de­scribed her in­jury as a graze wound and did not re­lease her name. De­tect­ives are look­ing for sur­veil­lance video from the scene to identi­fy the shoot­er.

About nine hours later, uniden­ti­fied rob­bers shot a 33-year-old man in the thigh out­side the North­east Re­gion­al Lib­rary on the 2200 block of Cottman Ave. The vic­tim told po­lice he was wait­ing for a bus when two men ap­proached him, in­clud­ing at least one who had a gun, and de­man­ded money. The vic­tim re­portedly said he had no money to give, so a rob­ber shot him. The crooks fled the area.

Para­med­ics took that vic­tim to Aria Health’s Tor­res­dale Cam­pus, where he un­der­went sur­gery later Monday, po­lice said. De­tect­ives re­turned to the scene Monday to search for sur­veil­lance video while await­ing the op­por­tun­ity to in­ter­view the vic­tim fur­ther. The vic­tim’s name was not re­leased. ••

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