Gunmen fire dozens of rounds on NE streets

Four people are lucky to be alive after a pair of ap­par­ently un­re­lated shoot­ings in the North­east late Monday and early Tues­day left them each hos­pit­al­ized with mul­tiple gun­shot wounds.

Po­lice said that an un­known gun­man fired at least 17 rounds at a pair of 32-year-old men out­side a house on the 4600 block of Kendrick St. in Up­per Holmes­burg at about 12:30 a.m. Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to broad­cast re­ports. The tar­gets re­portedly tried to flee in­to a house that was oc­cu­pied by sev­er­al adults and a young child. One of the tar­gets suffered wounds of the torso and leg, while the oth­er suffered wounds to each leg. Both were taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale and lis­ted in stable con­di­tion on Tues­day.

Chief In­spect­or Scott Small re­portedly told NBC10 that a motive is not known but that the am­bush may have been drug-re­lated. Some of the slugs struck homes. The as­sail­ant re­mains at large.

“That’s a lot of shots to shoot on the streets of Phil­adelphia,” Small said, ac­cord­ing to CB­S3. “It ap­pears that this in­di­vidu­al just emp­tied his semi­auto­mat­ic gun and fired every shot, every shot that he had.”

Less than an hour earli­er, a wo­man was wounded nine times and her male com­pan­ion three times in an­oth­er am­bush out­side a Castor Gar­dens phar­macy, but both sur­vived.

The at­tack oc­curred at Rite Aid, 6515 Castor Ave., at about 11:45 p.m. Monday. NBC10 re­por­ted that the vic­tims are en­gaged to be mar­ried and were out­side the busi­ness when a lone gun­man ap­proached them and fired at least a dozen rounds, strik­ing the wo­man, 46, in the ab­do­men, both legs and right ankle, and her 65-year-old fi­ance in the ab­do­men.

“The bal­list­ic evid­ence is just sev­er­al feet away from where both of these vic­tims were lay­ing side by side in the street, so we know that the shoot­er fired these shots from point-blank range,” Small said, ac­cord­ing to CB­S3.

Both vic­tims were taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale and lis­ted in stable con­di­tion Tues­day. In­vest­ig­at­ors re­portedly found the weapon on the 6100 block of Al­gon Ave. Po­lice said that the shoot­er is known to the male vic­tim, but he re­mains at-large. Po­lice did not dis­close a sus­pec­ted motive. ••

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