Numerous 911 calls came in as bullets struck parked cars along the block.In the aftermath, shell casings could be seen strewn across the roadway.
Arriving officers initially found only one victim, a 21-year-old woman who had been shot multiple times.
Police rushed her to Temple University Hospital where she was taken into surgery and listed in critical condition.
“She was hit multiple times in her chest and torso so she may be the intended target due to the fact she was hit so many times,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. “The fact that we found over 65 spent shell casings – that’s a whole lot of shots fired – so it’s hard to even say who is the intended target and who is struck by stray gunfire.”
While police were investigating, five men ranging in age from 19 to 29 old showed up in private vehicles to Temple Hospital and Einstein Medical Center with gunshot woundsPolice say two men, ages 19 and 21, arrived at Einstein after being shot in their legs.
The other three victims showed up to Temple Hospital.
Police say a 29-year-old man was shot in the foot. A 20-year-old man was grazed in his head and shot in the arm. A 23-year-old victim was shot twice in the leg.
Police are checking surveillance footage in the area to determine what exactly happened.
“The crime scene is very extensive,” Small said. “We know over 65 shots were fired from clearly at least two separate caliber semi-automatic weapons.”
The shooting took place within hours of an anti-violence rally at Kensington and Tioga avenues organized by the Philly Truce App, a gun violence prevention resource.
The group was calling for violence to stand down as we head into 2022.
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