A victim found by police about 1:10 a.m. Sunday might have been shot in retaliation for a fatal shooting less than an hour and a half before.
The first shooting happened in the 600 block of North 38th Street of the city's Mantua section. Officers went to the scene at 11:44 p.m., but the victim was taken by private vehicle to Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m.
He was Kirk Artis, 26, who lived in the 300 block of North Holly Street in the Powelton section of West Philadelphia, about a mile from where the shooting took place.
The possibly related incident involved a victim named Jarrel Teague, 25, of the 3800 block of Mount Vernon Street in Mantua.
Shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday, he collapsed in front of a police near 40th and Market Streets in University City. He was shot in the neck, arm and chest, and was pronounced dead at 3:15 a.m. at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
The final fatality happened in the 3200 block of North Spangler Street in North Philadelphia, where four men were shot about 1:18 a.m. Sunday.
Pronounced dead at the scene was a North Philadelphia man who had been shot in the head and body. He was Eric Johnson, 31, who lived in the 2700 block of North 29th Street, less than a mile from the shooting.
One of the wounded was 19. The others were 35 and 39. They were all in stable condition about being hospitalized.
Anyone with information about any of this case is asked to call homicide detectives at 215-686-3334 or -3335, or the Police Department's anonymous tip line: 215-686-8477 (215-686-TIPS). Tips can also be texted to PPD TIP or 773847.
Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or email@example.com.