Series of shootings in Philadelphia leave 2 dead, 9 wounded

(Miguel Martinez for Billy Penn)

(Miguel Martinez for Billy Penn)

A series of six apparently unrelated shootings over a short span in Philadelphia has left two people dead and nine wounded, authorities said.

The first shooting occurred around 10:45 p.m. Thursday, when two men approached a group gathered on the porch of a home and opened fire. One man was killed, while a woman and two other men were being treated at the hospital for wounds that were not considered life-threatening.

Roughly 30 minutes later, police found a 37-year-old man slumped over in the drivers’ seat of a car that had crashed into a parked vehicle. He had been shot in the back of his neck and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

It appeared that more than a dozen shots had been fired at the man’s car, and at least four hit him or the vehicle, authorities said.

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The next shooting occurred early Friday, when two men were shot in the legs on a city street. A stray bullet from that shooting entered a home and struck a 52-year-old woman who was in her bedroom.

The last two shootings occurred within minutes of each other, when a 14-year-old boy was shot in the chest and a man was shot eight times on a street. Both were hospitalized in critical condition, although authorities said the teen was expected to survive.

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