In Philadelphia overnight: Two men killed, 1 shot

Posted: March 03, 2012

Philadelphia police are investigating two homicides that occurred Friday night and Saturday morning, including the broad daylight shooting of a 53-year-old man, police said.

The first murder happened shortly before midnight when a 37-year-old male was stabbed once in the chest in the area around 12th Street and Girard Avenue, police said.

Friends of the victim rushed him to Hahnemann Hospital, where he died shortly after midnight, police said.

On Saturday, police identified the victim as Lamont Wilson, of the 1700 block of North 6th Street in North Philadelphia.

Investigators were still trying to determine the exact street location of the stabbing, police said.

No arrests have been made, and no motive released.

Then, around 9 a.m. this morning, police say a 53-year-old male was shot twice in the neck outside B & R Checking, a check-cashing store he owned in the 2600 block of Sterner St. in North Philadelphia.

The victim, identified as Joel Blumer, of Holland, Bucks County, was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital at 9:18 a.m., police said. Investigators believe the motive was robbery; an undetermined amount of money was taken.

Police have not made an arrest in the case.

Meanwhile, Northwest Detectives are searching for suspects in the non-fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man at Stenton Park.

Around 9:30 p.m., the victim was shot in the face, stomach and leg inside the park, but was able to run to his nearby home on the 4500 block on North 17th St., police said.

When police officers arrived at the house, the victim, bleeding badly from his injuries, came downstairs and met them in the living room.

Paramedics rushed him to Temple University Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

No arrests have been made in that shooting either.

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