N. Philly quadruple shooting leaves two men dead, two in critical

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Two gunmen lit up a troubled stretch of North Philadelphia Monday afternoon, firing at least 20 rounds at a group men on West Stiles Street. When it was over, two men were dead, two were critically wounded, and police were scrambling to identify the shooters.

The burst of gunfire happened shortly after 3:30 p.m. on the 1100 block of West Stiles. The location is just off Girard Avenue, about a block from pre-K through eighth grade St. Malachy School, which had to be temporarily locked down while police officers responded to the scene.

Police Capt. James Clark said the two gunmen walked up to the group of men standing on the block, opened fire, and ran off, possibly jumping into a gray SUV waiting nearby.

Police did not identify any of the victims. One was shot multiple times in the head and was pronounced dead at Hahnemann University Hospital. Another, a 31-year-old, was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital. A 27-year-old man was in critical condition at Hahnemann, while a 26-year-old was in critical but stable condition at Temple.

Law enforcement sources said the area has long attracted police attention due to suspected drug activity.

Clark said it was too early to identify a motive behind the shooting, or the culprits.

“Right now we don’t know what we have,” Clark said.

Late Monday afternoon, officers could still be seen marking the bullet casings, and an orange prescription pill bottle was on the sidewalk near where the victims were.

Several homes on the block had Easter decorations in the windows, or toys on the front lawns behind chain-link fences.

Edward Smallwood, who has lived on the block with his girlfriend and four children for some three years, said they once heard shots right outside their windows.

“It’s too close to home,” he said.

He said neighborhood kids can often be seen playing in a small lot just feet from where the shooting took place.

“There are kids over there just getting out of school and this happens — they don’t think about that. Senseless, man.”

Staff writers Chris Palmer and Tommy Rowan contributed to this article.

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