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2 Dead, 1 Critical After West Philly Triple Shooting

By Jenn Bernstein

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two men were killed and another was seriously injured after a shooting on the 1200 block of North 52nd Street in West Philadelphia.

It happened outside of the Mark V Lounge just before 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Nineteenth district officers heard gunfire and raced to the area, and found a violent scene.

“Upon police arrival, they found three victims laying on the sidewalk,” said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

The men were quickly put into three different police cars, and were rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Despite the quick response, two men were pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police say a 27-year-old who’d been shot multiple times, and a 52-year-old who’d suffered at least two bullet wounds.

The other victim, a 23-year-old who was shot at least once, remains at the hospital in critical condition.

Police are hearing from witnesses that a verbal altercation outside of the lounge may have sparked the triple shooting.

“We are getting preliminary information that of the three victims, only one was the intended target. So there is a possibility that the two other victims, one who is critical, one who is dead, were struck by stray bullets,” said Inspector Small.

Bar owner Jerry Jones says he is fed up with the violence in the neighborhood.

“I think the killing is going on for no reason at all and it needs to stop. I don’t know when it is going to stop. It’s really sad.”

Investigators are looking for a man with a shaved head, wearing a white t-shirt who was last seen headed west on Girard Street.

Homicide detectives are speaking with witnesses.

They will also be checking surveillance cameras in the area.

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