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Man Opens Fire In West Philadelphia, 7 Shot Including Children

A man wielding a shotgun opened fire on a block party along a West Philadelphia street Saturday night leaving seven people, including two children injured.

The children, aged 2 years and 10 years, have been hospitalized and are said to be in a critical condition.

The report comes almost simultaneously with news from a block party in Detroit, where one person was killed and 9 injured in another shooting incidence also on Saturday evening.

RT reports:

It was not immediately clear why the West Philadelphia shooter targeted the block party on Ogden Street, according to local police.

“It looks like they just randomly fired down the street and hit anyone in their way,” NBC 10 Philadelphia quoted Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker.

The agency added that a shotgun was used to fire at the victims, which included children,

An 18-month-old girl was rushed to Philadelphia’s Children’s Hospital with a neck wound, while another girl, aged 11, was struck in the knee, and a boy, aged 13, took a shot to the shoulder.

Hospitalized in critical condition, the children were all listed as stable, according to the latest update by CBS Philly.

Police later listed the ages of the rest of the victims as 22, 26, 26 and 46. The 26-year-old, a man, was shot multiple times and his condition was unknown.

No arrests have yet been made in connection with the shooting, but investigators believe the gunman was not attending the party at any time during the night.

Police officers described the crime scene as extremely chaotic and a “terrible situation,” with people frantically trying to help the injured baby girl as heavy rain began to pour.

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  • Mark W. Mullins

    Tragedy is the word here, but also senseless violence has been done for millennia, Who is gonna be the next victim ? It doesn’t take a gun to do this, although you hear about every gun discharge, in a bad light. You cannot read the paper unless some poor insane gunman has run rampant, making headlines. No one seems to know, or even care that the GUN was NOT the reason. A steak knife, or a sharp BBQ fork would do this same job. The only way to stop this senseless violence is to have a good guy with a weapon, who knows how to use it, stop it for those involved !!