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Philadelphia shootings leave 7 dead

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- A shooting spree in West Philadelphia left seven people dead and three wounded Thursday night, Philadelphia police said.

"We had information that four males with masks came in and started shooting," said a police spokesman.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the shootings, all of which took place inside a two-story brick building at 816 North Lex Street. They were reported to police at 8:12 p.m., said radio dispatcher Bob Gunn.

"I just heard the girl scream, 'Somebody call 911,' " said Jay Goode, who lives across the street. "I didn't hear any shots or anything."

The building had been lived in by "a junk collector" named "Forty," who moved in slightly more than a year ago, Goode said. Most of the other buildings in the block are deserted, he said.

"I just heard a girl say, 'Somebody help me,' but I didn't know where it was coming from," another neighbor said.

The wounded people were taken to the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.

At least one survivor was in critical condition, a second was in serious condition and the third, in fair condition, said nursing supervisor Kathy Beer. Some of the victims had been shot several times.

"They just said four men came into their house and opened fire," Beer said.



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