The city of Philadelphia was shaken by a series of violent events that took place early Saturday morning, which resulted in two fatalities and multiple injuries.
The first incident occurred just shy of 3 a.m. in Fairhill when an unknown assailant launched an attack on a vehicle parked on the 600 block of West Cambria Street. Two individuals in the car found themselves at the receiving end of the gunfire.
The victims were rushed to the hospital. A 26-year-old man, who had been struck by several bullets throughout his body, succumbed to his injuries at 3:19 a.m. His companion, a 22-year-old man who had sustained two gunshot wounds, was reported in critical condition but with positive prospects of recovery.
Investigators found no weapons at the scene of the crime. Police have not yet arrested any suspects.
Another violent episode unfolded around three hours later in Kensington. An unidentified shooter took the life of one woman and severely injured another on the 100 block of East Allegheny Avenue.
The victims, a 44-year-old woman and a 21-year-old woman, were driven to Temple University Hospital. The older woman was declared deceased at 6:34 a.m.
Meanwhile, the younger woman, shot twice in the left leg, was reported to be in critical condition.
These incidents have underscored the urgent need for measures to address the escalating gun violence in Philadelphia.