Violent night in Phila., 3 shootings in 17 hours, 2 dead

March 27, 2013 3:42:28 PM PDT
Three separate shootings in less than 17 hours claimed the lives of two people and injured three more Tuesday into Wednesday.

The wave of violence started Tuesday afternoon, leaving two men dead and several others injured. And one of the incidents was caught on video.

The shots rang out on 29th Street at Allegheny in North Philadelphia just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night. The action was captured by surveillance cameras on a corner take out.

Two young men can be seen coming around the corner from Wishart Street. One of them runs up and starts shooting; bystanders on the corner and in front of the take out run for cover.

The two victims, a 23-year-old man and a16-years-old are then seen running for their lives. One was shot in the backside; the other was shot in the leg.

"Anybody else could have been walking out there just walking home from school or the store, and we've got to get these kinds of people off the street as soon as possible," said Lt. George McClay, Philadelphia Police.

The gunman and his accomplice fled down the 2900 block of Wishart.

Police are hoping to hear from someone will come forward with information that could help them.

Police also need help solving two homicides.

Police say 32-year-old Stacy Berry, of the 5100 block of North 15th Street, was gunned down at 15th Street and Duncannon in Logan Tuesday around 1:30 in the afternoon.

"Preliminarily, what we know is that he was having an argument with another unknown male; at least one possible two known males. One of them pulled out a gun, fired several times, striking him and hitting him," said Captain James Clark.

At around 5:30 Wednesday morning, another man was gunned down on the 6800 block of Ogontz Avenue in West Oak Lane.

One man was injured and 49-year-old Weldon Clarke of Cheltenham was killed.

Police have recovered what they believe was the getaway car, but they still need help from the public.

"We have detectives out working on the different jobs, but we need the public's help, because we know that someone saw something, and we need them to call us," said Captain Clark.

Police say all of the victims were targeted in this rash of shootings, but the incidents are unrelated.

It turned out to be a rare midweek outburst in the Northwest division after a rare weekend without a single report of violence.

Anyone with information that could help police solves these crimes is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.