A series of Philadelphia shootings left nine people shot, and two have died in less than 24 hours as gun violence continues in the city.
- Big story on Action News, continuing gun violence. The same week, law enforcement in Philadelphia announced a new coordinated effort with federal agencies to crack down on that deadly issue. Nine people were shot and two were killed this weekend. Action News reporter, Jaclyn Lee, live in South Philadelphia now, where community activists are saying enough is enough, over and over again. Jaclyn.
- That's right, Maggie. And just a few hours ago, someone was shot around 1:30 PM in Southwest Philadelphia. And, again, that brings that total to nine people shot, two people dead in less than 24 hours in the city of brotherly love. Now, today we have some anti-violence advocates who brought the city's youth here to this carnival to try to keep them off the streets today.
JACLYN LEE (VOICEOVER): The gun violence in Philadelphia continues full steam ahead with no end in sight.
- It's bad. Like, people are just used to it happening every day.
JACLYN LEE (VOICEOVER): Police report a total of five shootings overnight, like the double shooting in Olney just after 10:00 PM near Front and Champlost Streets. A 20-year-old man shot and killed, and a 22-year-old man in critical condition. Around midnight on the 2000 block of North Dauphin street in North Philadelphia, a 24-year-old man died after getting shot multiple times in the head and upper torso. And finally, around 6:45 AM, at the 2100 block of Ridge Avenue, three men from ages 21 to 33 were shot and are in the hospital in stable condition.
- Our local, state, federal organizations need to work together.
JACLYN LEE (VOICEOVER): Earlier this week, the acting US attorney and Philadelphia Police Commissioner vowed to crack down on violence by launching a new federal initiative, like adding more FBI agents to the safe streets task force. But local anti-violence advocates say the city needs some sort of early initiative prevention resource.
- My goal was to create a safe space for these children, you know? And try to give them alternatives to the streets and alternatives to all the violence because the streets are constantly recruiting and the resources are getting limited.
- And police are looking for suspects in all of those overnight shootings. They have not made any arrests so far. Live in South Philadelphia, Jaclyn Lee, Channel Six Action News. Maggie.
- Jaclyn, thank you.