36 shots fired: Man, bystander on bicycle injured in Lawncrest shooting

Police say the bystander was able to pedal home and get someone to drive him to the hospital.
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Two gunmen fired dozens of bullets in the Lawncrest section of Philadelphia, striking their intended target and a bystander, police say.

The shooting happened around 12:50 a.m. Monday on Rosalie Street by Colgate Street.

Police say the intended target, a 27-year-old man, was shot in the abdomen and both legs.

Family members told police that the victim was standing on his front steps on the phone when a car pulled up.

"We believe two individuals exited that vehicle and fired a total of 36 shots; clearly (we found) two separate caliber shell casings, so we know two guns were used," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Police say the 27-year-old victim ran back inside after being shot. He was rushed into surgery at Einstein Medical Center with critical wounds.

While police were gathering evidence, they were notified of a second victim, a 51-year-old man, who showed up at the hospital.

"He told police he was riding his bicycle on Rosalie Street when he was shot in the stomach. We believe, and he believes, that he was struck by stray gunfire," Small said.

Police say the 51-year-old was able to pedal home and get someone to drive him to the hospital.

He is listed in stable condition.

One neighbor expressed his views to Action News on the gun violence in the city.

"It's really all over the city. It doesn't matter what part you're in, you know what I mean? You can be on Cottman Avenue. You can be in North Philly. It doesn't matter. Bullets don't have no one's name on them," said the neighbor.

The search for the two shooters is underway.


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