5 killed in Philly as holiday weekend opens

Police investigate shooting in Southwest Philadelphia.

July 2, 2011 12:23:33 PM PDT
Philadelphia police say two people were shot to death early Saturday, bringing to five the number of slayings so far in the city on the holiday weekend.

At about 1:15 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the 2600 block of South 67th Street in Southwest Philadelphia where they found 24-year-old Dion Bennett with gunshot wounds to the face and chest. He was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in a private vehicle and was pronounced dead a short time later.

At about 2:15 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the 200 block of Susquehanna Avenue in the Kensington section of Philadelphia and found 29-year-old Samuel Betancourt with gunshot wounds to the back and left shoulder. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

At about 6:25 p.m. Friday police responded to a report of a robbery in progress at 19 North 50th Street in West Philadelphia. Upon arrival, police found 58-year-old Ennis Manns on the front porch, bleeding from the head. Manns, who was unresponsive, was transported to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and pronounced dead at 7:09 p.m.

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At about 4:55 p.m. on Friday, police responded to a report of a person with a gun at 2900 N. Judson Street in North Philadelphia. Upon arrival, police found 24-year-old Marceles Jefferson with multiple gunshot wounds to the body. Jefferson was rushed to Temple University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:31 p.m.

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At about 4:54 p.m. Friday, police responded to a call for a person shot at 1600 Catherine Street in South Philadelphia. Upon arrival, police found 20-year-old Benjamin Butcher on the ground with a gunshot wound to his torso. He was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was pronounced dead at 5:17 p.m.

So far, there have been no arrests in any of the shootings.