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August 09, 2021

Three men injured in Center City shooting outside Airbnb rental property

Two of the people injured are 19 years old and third is 20, investigators say

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Three young men were injured in a Center City shooting Sunday evening as rates of gun violence in Philadelphia soar 25% higher than last year's numbers.

Three men – two who are 19 years old and another who is 20 – were shot and injured Sunday night in Center City near a property that neighbors say was a temporary rental through Airbnb.

Police said the shooting, which took place on South 13th Street, between Pine and Lombard streets at 11 p.m., is under investigation, and no arrests have been made, NBC10 reported.

The bullets were fired from at least two separate guns during the shooting, according to authorities. Police found bullet holes in parked cars and one other home, and at least 66 evidence markers were placed at the scene. 

The three men who were injured in the shooting are in stable condition. 

Two of the men were transported to Jefferson University Hospital and the third, who was shot in the leg, boarded a SEPTA bus following the incident, 6ABC reported. 

Philadelphia's gun crime rates continue to rise. As of Aug. 8, there have been 324 homicides in Philadelphia, which is 25% more than there were at this time in 2020, a year that totaled 499 homicides, the second-most the city's history. 

The vast majority of Philadelphia's homicides have been the result of shootings, and aside from those killed by gun violence, police data compiled by the Office of the Controller shows there have been 1,120 nonfatal shootings through Aug. 8.

Philadelphia's current budget includes $155 million allotted for violence prevention and reduction. But some believe the city needs to do more, and last month, Mayor Jim Kenney was criticized when did not make an emergency declaration regarding the gun violence plaguing the city.

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