On day of gun announcements, several shot overnight

July 9, 2008 11:59:44 AM PDT
Philadelphia police have released the identity of a man who was shot and killed in the 44-hundred block of Chadwick Street. Investigators tell Action News that 25-year old Anthony Mahoney, who lived on the block, was shot once in the head and died at the scene.

There is no word what might have prompted the shooting. No suspects are in custody.

Earlier, Philadelphia Police say a dispute over a game of dice appears to be at the root of a triple shooting in Juniata Park just before midnight.

It happened in the 4200 block of Glendale Street at about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Two men were struck several times in their chests. They are in critical condition at Temple University Hospital .

The third victim, a 29-year-old, was hit in the leg and is in stable condition. Detectives are interviewing him.

In the city's Frankford section, two people were shot while sitting in a car. They're both hospitalized.

Another shooting victim was critically hurt in North Philadelphia. The shooting happened Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at 24th and Jefferson streets. Police say the 33-year-old man was shot in the chest.

The shootings come on the day that Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter plans to announce the enforcement of Philadelphia's tough new gun laws.

Since he took office, Mayor Nutter has been trying to curb gun violence and signed five gun-control laws. Since then, however, two were struck down by the courts.

The two laws that were struck down would have limited sales of guns to one per person per month and banned the sale of assault rifles.

The three laws that were upheld :

  • Prohibit gun ownership by people who pose a danger to themselves or others
  • Prohibit gun ownership by people who are the subjects of protection from abuse orders
  • Require gun owners to report the loss or theft of their weapons within 24 hours.