PHILADELPHIA — According to a representative for the Philadelphia city schools, four students were injured in what appears to have been a drive-by gunshot just after their high school in Philadelphia let out early for the day late on Wednesday morning.
According to the city police, a 15-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder and thigh, another 15-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder, a 16-year-old boy suffered a graze wound to the face, and a gunshot wound to the hand and a 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg. All of the victims were between the ages of 15 and 16. They were all receiving care at the hospital, and their conditions remained unchanged.
According to the police, no arrests have been made, and no weapons have been found.
According to Monique Braxton, the district’s deputy chief of communications, who spoke with reporters over the phone, the shooting occurred about a block away from Overbrook High School in West Philadelphia. At the time of the incident, students were released from school early because of parent-teacher conferences.
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Braxton reported that the district’s Office of School Safety informed her that the students were in the vicinity of a convenience store at the time of the incident.
Braxton stated, “we do not know who was targeted, or which of the four of them was targeted if any of them were targeted.” Notifications were sent out to the parents early on Wednesday afternoon.
Braxton spoke about the incident and stated, “This is horrible that young kids would be shot immediately after being discharged from their high school.”
According to Officer Miguel Torres, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department, the shooting took place at approximately 11:30 a.m. According to him, the victims were sent to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Lankenau Medical Center.