Thursday evening, a shooting occurred near James G. Blaine School in Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion district. As a result, a 2-year-old child, their mother and five teenagers were injured.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw stated that this area has been relatively peaceful for a long time and it is too early to tell the motive for the shooting.
The 2-year-old was shot once in the left thigh and taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where they were listed as stable. Additionally, a 13-year-old was shot in the hand, a 15-year-old was shot twice in the chest, a 16-year-old was shot in the arm, a second 16-year-old was shot once in the right arm and once in the right thigh, and a 17-year-old was grazed in the thigh. All of the teenagers were taken to the nearest hospital and listed as stable.
The mother of the 2-year-old was shot twice in the thigh and was taken to Temple University Hospital. All of the teens wounded were students of the School District of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney released a statement on Twitter, calling the shooting “heartbreaking”. Police are searching for three male suspects in connection with the shooting, seen driving a gray four-door Hyundai Elantra with an unknown Pennsylvania tag.
There have been no arrests made yet.