Elmwood mass shooting, rapper killing tops this week's Philadelphia crime reports

Elmwood mass shooting, rapper killing tops this week's Philadelphia crime reports
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By Hoodline - Published on August 02, 2019.

The most notable crime incident over the past week in Philly was the shooting of six men, one fatally, in the city's Elmwood neighborhood on Sunday, July 28. 

The July 28 shooting represented the only homicide in the July 22-28 timeframe, according to PPD stats, which show seven reported homicides the week prior. As of July 31, there have been 189 homicides in Philadelphia thus far this year, representing a 7% increase compared to the year-over-year tally from the same day in 2018. 

ABC reports that the victim was identified as 21-year-old Ezra Weah, also known as rapper Bankroll Gambino. The drive-by shooting occurred at 2600 Callowhill St. shortly before 8:23 p.m., as a group of men were preparing to shoot a promotional video featuring the rapper. He had also been shot at while inside a vehicle earlier that same day.

The total number of violent crime incidents over the past week was on par with the previous week overall, according to the Philadelphia police department's most recent stats, which show 290 violent crime offenses reported July 22-28, compared to 289 the week prior.

Read on for more of what happened in the city over the past week, based on incidents reported to police and tracked by Citizen, which monitors 911 and dispatch calls in real time.

There were several other shootings reported in the last week of July, including:

  • A shooting on the afternoon of July 23 at 5913 Tacony St. in Wissinoming, which left one man in stable condition.
  • A shooting which left two victims, a man and a woman, with serious injuries. The incident took place during an attempted break-in at 2612 N 33rd St. in Strawberry Mansion at around 8:30 p.m. on July 25.
  • A shooting shortly before 7:30 p.m. in Southwest Schuylkill on the evening of July 29. One man was shot in the leg, and another victim was also admitted to the hospital. Police were searching for four suspects, two of whom fled on foot, and two in a vehicle.
  • A shooting that occurred around 4 a.m. on July 30 at Ditman Street & Wakeling Street in Philly's Frankford neighborhood, which saw one man shot in the neck in the course of a suspected robbery attempt. A group of men and women were seen fleeing north on Ditman Street following the shooting, according to reports.
  • A shooting that took place on the 1600 block of N. 57th St. in Overbrook at around 9 p.m. on July 30. According to reports, a man was shot in the chest, sustaining life-threatening injuries. 

Other incidents included a stabbing outside of a Speedway gas station in Tioga on July 23, which resulted in the arrest of a male suspect, as well as several  armed robberies of businesses, including a Ross Dress for Less, a CVS pharmacy, a Dollar Tree and a MetroPCS location.

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This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed and augmented by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.