Deadly home invasion blamed on gambling debt

Woman dead, man & child critical after shooting
NORTH PHILADELPHIA - December 1, 2008 The scene unfolded inside a home, here in the 3300 block of Mutter Street in North Philadelphia. A man, a woman and a child were shot... the child was injured.

Police say this was not a random act, and that the home was targeted.

Homicide detectives and the Crime Scene Unit have been combing the home on Mutter Street looking for evidence. They have also been talking to neighbors as part of their investigation into this morning's triple shooting that left a woman dead, and a child and man critically wounded.

Gladys Martinez tells Action News, "I was sleeping, and at about 5:30, something like that, I heard the shots. But it was so far away, so I didn't think nothing of it until I got a phone call from my brother."

Police say it was about 5:20 a.m. when two men invaded the home and shot three occupants multiple times.

A woman was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital. A man, shot in the chest, abdomen, arm and leg, is in critical condition at Temple.

A 5-year-old boy, shot twice, is critical at St. Christopher's.

Capt. James Clark of the Philadelphia Police Department told reporters at a press conference today, "There's really no words to describe somebody who would do that, to be perfectly honest with you. To bust into a house and to fire into a bed knowing that you have two children in there."

The second child, a 2-year-old boy, was not harmed.

Police would not comment on a motive, but early today we learned that the motive may be related to a gambling debt.

Identifications have not yet been released.

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