2 killed, others injured in violent night in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A man and woman were found slain in a northeast Philadelphia motel, a woman died after she was found naked and covered in blood outside a home and several other people were killed or injured in the city, police said.
Officers were called just before 12:30 p.m. Sunday to a room in the Roosevelt Motor Inn in the Oxford Circle neighborhood, where preliminary information indicates that the as-yet-unidentified victims were found unresponsive "with white plastic bags over their heads and their hands tied behind their backs." The case was classified a double homicide and no arrests were immediately reported.
Officers responded to a report of screaming in the west Kensington area of the city around 11:20 p.m. Saturday and found the 35-year-old victim on the sidewalk after having been assaulted in an alley down the street. Police are investigating the cause of death and report no motive and no arrests.
Three hours earlier, a 34-year-old man had been found shot to death in the Mayfair neighborhood. Police said he was apparently in an argument with another man that became physical, and the other man pulled a handgun and fired two shots, hitting him in the neck. A 28-year-old suspect was arrested.
In other cases, two women were injured by an apparently accidental shooting outside a bar and a woman on a porch was hit by stray bullets during an apparent drive-by shooting.
Police said a 22-year-old woman returning to her west Kensington residence from walking her dog shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday reported hearing six gunshots and saw muzzle flashes, blasts of light from a weapon, on the corner. She felt a pain in her leg and realized she had been shot. Police said she was hit twice in her right leg and once in her left leg. She was taken to Temple University Hospital and listed in stable condition.
Two other women standing outside a bar in the Grays Ferry section heard a loud popping sound and ran. One then said her back felt hot and she saw blood on her legs. The other woman drove both of them to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where the 38-year-old driver was treated for a fragment under her eye and her 26-year-old companion for fragments in both legs and on her right side. Both were listed in stable condition. Police said the shooting was apparently an accidental discharge by an unknown man; no arrests were reported.
In addition, a 42-year-old man was found lying in the street in the Fairhill neighborhood shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday with multiple gunshot wounds to his legs. He told police he was shot by two men who fled, and he was taken to Temple University Hospital in stable condition.