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Violent night in Philly leaves 3 dead, including suspected carjacker beaten by mob

Joseph A. Gambardello, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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PHILADELPHIA -- Three men were killed in violent attacks overnight in Philadelphia, including a suspected carjacker who was set upon and beaten by a crowd of witnesses.

The latest slaying occurred about 12:25 a.m. Friday, when a 36-year-old man was shot in his head and body in Northeast Philadelphia's Holmesburg section, police said.

Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters at the scene that the victim, whose name was not immediately released, was returning home from work when he was gunned down in his driveway.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests have been made and police have not said if they had established a possible motive.

No charges have been filed yet in the case of the suspected carjacker, who drove off in a car with three children inside about 9:50 p.m. Thursday while their parents were in the Strawberry Mansion pizza shop where the father works.

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The parents gave chase. When the car got stuck in traffic, they pulled the 54-year-old man out of the car, police said. The suspect assaulted the father and fled before being stopped by what police called a "large crowd" and beaten.

Taken to Temple University Hospital, the suspect was pronounced dead at 10:05 p.m. Police sources on Friday identified the man who allegedly stole the car as Eric Hood of North Philadelphia.

A short time earlier, police responded to a reported stabbing in East Germantown and found a man bleeding on the street.

The 31-year-old man, who had been stabbed in the chest and face, was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about 40 minutes later at 10:22 p.m. His name has not been released yet.


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