City slaying total reaches 167

Posted: June 02, 2007

Two more people were shot and killed in the wee hours of the morning yesterday, bumping up the city's homicide total to 167 for the year, compared with 150 by this time in 2006.

Homicide investigators were called shortly after 2 a.m. to 6th Street near Bainbridge in South Philadelphia, where a 27-year-old man had been shot in the chest.

"It appears that the man was walking down the street and a car pulled up alongside him," said Sgt. William Gallagher, of the Homicide Division.

"One of the men got out and attempted to rob the victim, shot him in the chest and drove off," Williams added.

The victim was identified by police as Vandol Rhett. Rhett was pronounced dead at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital shortly before 3 a.m., police said.

About two hours later, an unidentified man was shot in the head and chest at 17th Street near Dauphin in North Philadelphia.

Gallagher said that police are still trying to determine who the man is and why he was shot.

He was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 5 a.m.

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call police at 215-686-3334, or -3335. *

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