A double shooting in Cedarbrook on Monday night left two men hospitalized in stable condition.
At about 10:30 p.m., police responded to a shooting call in the 1500 block of E. Vernon Road at Michener Ave.
There, they found a 22-year-old male who had been shot in the right thigh and left foot and a 25-year-old male shot in the right leg and left calf.
The victims, who were taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, were described by residents who saw them on stretchers as being as being alert and responsive.
At the scene, neighbors reported hearing five to six shots fired in rapid succession. The victims appeared to be shot by the occupants of a vehicle, which fled westbound on Vernon Road.
According to Chief Inspector Scott Small, the victims gave conflicting reports of the car — described as being both a red and a metallic blue sedan — and that a motive was not immediately apparent.
Unsure of the exact crime-scene location, police cordoned off both a residence on Provident Street as well as an alley one block west on Vernon Road.
The shootings occurred only blocks away from another double shooting in June.
As reported by Newsworks, just before 9:30 p.m. on June 22, police responded to a report of a shooting on the 7800 block of Provident Street near Limekiln Pike.
Responding officers found two victims on the street suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were described by police as being uncooperative at the time.
On Monday, Cedarbrook resident Eric Jett was one street away away when the gunshots rang out.
“People just haven’t learned that life is short,” he said, “and that you’ve got to take every second for what it’s worth, and not end up out here at the end of the day acting like a fool.”