Two separate shootings early yesterday left a 27-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man dead, bringing Philadelphia's homicide toll to 177 for the year.
Police arrived at the first shooting, in the 2200 block of North Cleveland Street in North Philadelphia, at 12:45 a.m. to find Tamika Howzell, 27, of the 2300 block of North Woodstock Street, dead of multiple shots to the chest. She was alone when her body was discovered, police said.
Nearly an hour and a half later, a shoot-out erupted outside a bar in the 2200 block of North Lawrence Street in North Philadelphia in a dispute over a handbag. Detective Sgt. Tim Cooney said Nam Van Tram, 20, of the 2800 block of North Reese Street, was shot multiple times in the face, head and body and was pronounced dead a short time later at Temple University Medical Center. A second man was shot in the arm and was treated and released.