[Ed. – A person can ‘open carry’ without a permit everywhere in Pennsylvania except in Philadelphia, and even stricter measures were proposed late in 2018. If gun control advocates get this way, the city can look forward to the same great results enjoyed by Chicago and Baltimore, where gun deaths are a daily occurrence.]
Within quarter of an hour of the New Year being rung in, a man was shot and killed in Philadelphia.
The deadly gun attack in the Pennsylvania city follows its bloodiest year for more than a decade, with 351 murders in 2018 in a city of just one and a half million people.
The gunshots were heard on the 3200 block of Tampa Street in the city’s Kensington are shortly at 00.12am today.
Officers found a man, believed to be in his twenties, lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his head.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
In a brief press conference, Philadelphia Police Department Captain Tom Davidson said: ‘There are cameras in the area. Hopefully, it was captured on these cameras.’
Police do not yet have any suspects or a motive.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call police at 215-686-TIPS.
Philadelphia recorded 351 murders in 2018, the most in 11 years.
Last month, after the year of increased bloodshed on the city’s streets, police Commissioner Richard Ross said his force had identified a link between the deaths and America’s ongoing opioid epidemic.