7-year-old boy shot while playing video games, among 18 gun violence victims over weekend

The wet weekend in August was marred by gun violence as 18 people, including a child, were shot and killed around Greater Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday.

A 7-year-old boy was struck in the thigh by crossfire while playing video games Saturday night, the first of many casualties in a violent weekend of summer shootings in the city.

The other victims ranged in age from 16 to 59, including a 34-year-old man who died of his injuries in the 2600 block of West Berks Street shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday.

The 7-year-old boy was in his bedroom in the 200 block of Collom Street in East Germantown when a stray bullet struck him in the upper right thigh, police said. Officers responded at 9:41 p.m. and took the boy and his mother to Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where the boy was listed in stable condition. The shooter, who fired from outside the home, was not seen by anyone inside, police said.

In the West Berks shooting, the victim was struck in the neck while inside a vehicle, police said. No arrests had been made at the time of the report.

The other incidents include a double shooting in the 5400 block of Walker Street shortly after midnight Sunday. A 24-year-old man was hit in the chest and stomach, and a 25-year-old woman was hit in the chest and forehead. Both were taken by private vehicle to Jefferson Frankford Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition and she was listed in stable condition. Police arrested a suspect but did not release further details.

At 12:21 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a radio call in the 2500 block of Belford St. Officers found an unresponsive man, age unknown, lying on the basement floor with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at 12:43 p.m

Minutes later, at 12:36 p.m., police responded to the 6100 block of Torresdale Avenue and found another shooting victim, a 23-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds to the back. The victim was taken to Jefferson-Torresdale Hospital in critical condition. The police had no arrests or cell phones.

Shortly after 1:00 a.m. Sunday, a 59-year-old man was shot in the buttocks and left thigh in the 2900 block of North Fairhill Street. He was listed in critical condition at Temple University Hospital.

Then, shortly before 3:30 a.m. Sunday, a 43-year-old man was shot in the back and a 16-year-old boy was shot in the right arm and right thigh in the 7200 block of Glenloch Street , police said. A city ambulance took the older victim to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, while the teenager was taken to Children’s Hospital at St. Christopher and was in stable condition.

Finally, at 8:18 a.m., a 21-year-old man was shot in the right thigh and taken by ambulance to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

Sunday’s violence was preceded by more than half a dozen shootings on Saturday.

9:49 p.m., a 19-year-old man was shot in the 3000 block of Mifflin Street. He was shot in the right side of the chest and was taken to Presbyterian Hospital and listed in stable condition.

At 6:55 p.m., an 18-year-old man living in the 4900 block of North Lawrence Street was taken to Albert Einstein Hospital with a gunshot wound to the right thumb.

At 3.50pm on Saturday, a 31-year-old man was shot twice in the lower abdomen and taken to Temple Hospital. At the same location, a 32-year-old man was shot in the right calf and was also taken to the same hospital. Both were listed in stable condition.

At 9:25 a.m. Saturday, police said a 49-year-old man was shot in the 4200 block of Frankford Avenue. He was shot once in the ankle while on his way to a store. The man was taken to Jefferson Hospital and listed in stable condition.

5:36 a.m. A 52-year-old man was shot twice in the abdomen in the 100 block of N. 10th Street. He was also taken to Jefferson Hospital and listed in critical condition.

The violence began shortly after midnight Saturday, with a double shooting inside a nightclub in the 900 block of Cherry Street. A 23-year-old woman was shot in each thigh, and a 28-year-old man was shot in the thigh. Both were transported by medics to Jefferson Hospital and listed in stable condition. A handgun was recovered, but no arrests were made.

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