PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Bloodshed in the City of Brotherly Love continued as the start of the weekend saw four people die and multiple injured in a span of just a little more than 12 hours. Police continue to investigate deadly shootings across the city.
It’s been an incredibly violent week in Philadelphia, and the weekend has proven to be anything but a reprieve.
A full week of gunfire, communities under siege and a continuation of gun violence. Eight were taken to the hospital overnight Friday with seven more shootings and four more homicides into Saturday morning, including one on the 3600 block of Drumore Road in Northeast Philadelphia.
“It took officers several minutes to locate the body due to the individual was definitely chased by a gunman, possibly multiple gunmen,” Philadelphia Staff Inspector Jerrold Bates said.
A male in his 20s was shot and killed around 9:30 a.m.
“We have blood located intermittently in different locations,” Bates said. “That’s not normal. This guy was definitely chased and unfortunately, they trapped this male here.”
“I saw him running and then to find out he died, I just feel bad,” Sabrina Cody, a neighbor, said. “I heard him yelling and screaming for help.”
The most recent happened on the 2500 block of Gratz Street around 10:20 a.m. Saturday in North Philadelphia.
Officials say a 30-year-old man was shot twice in the head. He was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
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During the overnight hours, a man was shot inside a music studio in the city’s West Oak Lane neighborhood.
Arriving officers found him inside the studio, suffering a gunshot wound to the back. He was transported to an area hospital and placed in critical condition.
Police say a 16-year-old boy was pistol whipped during the incident. He was taken to a hospital and expected to be OK.
The suspects were reportedly wearing black ski masks and hoodies.
Police say a 43-year-old man was shot twice in the abdomen area on the 7000 block of Frankford Avenue in the Mayfair section of the city. He was placed in stable condition.
Around 11:30 p.m. on Friday, a 27-year-old man was shot once time on the 3100 block of E Street in Kensington. He was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officials say a 25-year-old man was shot seven times on the 1300 block of 56th Street around 11:17 p.m. Friday in West Philadelphia. He suffered gunshot wounds to the leg, arm, hip, chest, and buttock.
He was transported to an area hospital and placed in critical condition.
Officials are also investigating a deadly shooting on the 600 block of Louden Street in Olney. A unknown man was shot multiples time throughout the body and head around 10:56 p.m.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Saturday morning, a civilian motorcade through Center City to stop gun violence and a community meeting in Nicetown-Tioga to discuss the plague of violent crime in a community that was held hostage for over seven hours Wednesday were held.
“We have a lot of people here who living under three-four generations of hopelessness, joblessness and no way out,” a Philadelphia woman said.
Investigations are ongoing for all of these incidents.
CBS3’s Crystal Cranmore and Dan Koob contributed to this report.