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Violent Night In North Philly Leaves 2 Dead, 1 Critical

By Nicole Brewer

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Police are searching for the suspects and motives surrounding two violent crimes in North Philadelphia's Fairhill neighborhood.

The incidents, which include a fatal beating and a double shooting all within an hour and a half a mile apart, left two men dead and one in critical condition.

The first incident happened shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday in the 2800 block of North Fairhill Street. There, a 53-year-old man was beaten to death, suffering blunt force trauma to his head.

"He was laying in a pool of blood coming from his head on the sidewalk of his home," said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

There is no word on a motive, but there are reports of a male seen running from that victim, possibly with a metal object.

Then, just after midnight in the 2900 block of Waterloo Street, a double shooting.

A 37-year-old male suffered two gunshot wounds to the torso and a 21-year-old also was shot twice in the torso area.

Both men were taken to Temple University Hospital in critical condition. The 37-year-old was pronounced dead shortly before 2 a.m.

Homicide detectives are interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video, as crime scene personnel process the scenes.

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