Philadelphia police search for suspect in 2 shootings

Xavier Gutierrez-Mendez

The Philadelphia Police Department is asking the public's help in locating a suspect wanted in connection with two shootings.

The suspect is identified as 31-year-old Xavier Gutierrez-Mendez from the 5700 block of Chester Avenue.

The first shooting happened around 9:45 p.m. on June 8.

Police found a 44-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the back.

He was taken to Jefferson University Hospital in stable condition.

The victim informed investigators that following an argument, he was shot by a man he knew from the neighborhood as "Xavier."

The second shooting occurred around 8:20 p.m. Saturday on the 6500 block of Belmar Street.

Arriving officers found a 24-year-old man lying on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds to the back of the head, shoulders, and arm.

He was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in critical condition.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Gutierrez-Mendez is asked to contact Southwest Detective Division at 215-686-3183, Det. Parker#9176, or South Detective Division at 215-686-3013, Det. Gallagher#649 /Det. Policella#623, or call 911.
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