A violent seven hours in Northwest Philadelphia

One man was killed and another two shot in separate incidents during a violent seven-hour stretch in Northwest Philadelphia overnight.

The first case involved an early-morning shooting Monday in the 1200 block of E. Upsal St. in Cedarbrook.

The victim of that 2:18 a.m. gunfire, an African-American male in his 20s, has not yet been identified by authorities.

Officer Jillian Russell, a police-department spokeswoman, said the victim was shot once in the head and pronounced dead at the scene at 2:29 a.m. He was not carrying any identification, Russell noted.

Homicide Detective George Pirrone said that neighbors reported hearing arguing on the street followed by a gun shot. Police hope to be able to identify the victim from his fingerprints.

No fatalities in Germantown case

The homicide came after a Sunday evening during which two young men, aged 19 and 21, were shot in the street at the intersection of Wayne Ave. and Manheim St. shortly after 7:30 p.m.

The 19-year old was shot once in the left thigh and twice in the right buttock; the 21-year old was shot once in the left thigh, according to police.

Both were transported to Temple University Hospital by private vehicle and were placed in guarded condition.

No arrests have been made in either case.

Escalating violence?

By any measure, it’s been an active week for police patrolling the major thoroughfares and side streets of Germantown and surrounding neighborhoods.

In addition to the weekend incidents, three young males were shot on the 400 block of E. Wister St. at the Wister Recreation Center just before 10 p.m. Thursday.

That incident is likely to be a topic of discussion at a rare City Council summer session called for Thursday to address the problem of violence at recreation centers.

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