Tot among 5 children injured in 2 quadruple shootings in Philadelphia

Five children, including a toddler, were injured in two quadruple shootings that broke out overnight in Philadelphia, police say.

At least three adults, including a woman believed to be the infant’s mother, were seriously injured in the shooting, authorities said.

The first shooting unfolded around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in West Philadelphia, when at least one shooter opened fire on a Kia SUV occupied by two women and the two young children, the chief inspector of the city said. Philadelphia Police Department Scott Small at a press conference.

Small said 10 shots were fired at the parked vehicle, seriously injuring the two women in the front seat and injuring the toddler, a 2-year-old boy, sitting next to his big brother in the backseat. He said the toddler was shot in the leg, while a woman sitting behind the wheel, believed to be the child’s mother, was shot in the head and seriously injured.

The other woman in the front passenger seat was also seriously injured, Small said. He said a 26-year-old man who was outside the vehicle when the barrage of shots was fired was hit by a bullet in the leg and taken to hospital in critical condition.

“In that Kia, in addition to the three victims, there was a 6-year-old boy also in the backseat,” Small said. “He’s lucky because that vehicle was hit 10 times by gunfire and three of the other passengers were all hit by gunfire.”

Investigators believe that after the shooting, the SUV driver drove about a block before coming to a stop, according to Small.

No arrests were announced in the shooting and a motive was being investigated.

“We don’t know if anyone was intentionally shooting at this vehicle or if it was hit by stray gunfire, but the vehicle clearly has 10 bullet holes,” Small said.

At around 2 p.m. Thursday, four children were gunned down outside a building in North Philadelphia, police said. The shooting happened about two blocks from the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site.

Police responding to calls for multiple gunshots found the injured — a 13-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl, a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl — in a courtyard at the apartment complex, authorities said.

Small said at least 21 shots were fired in the direction of the children, but it was unclear if they were the targets of the gunfire.

The two girls were both shot in the head and taken to hospital in serious condition, police said. Both boys were hospitalized with non-life-threatening leg and arm injuries, police said.

Officers recovered a revolver from the scene, but it was not immediately clear if it had been used in the shooting, police said.

The episode came as a 10 p.m. summer curfew the city recently imposed on youths under 18 was in effect. The curfew was decreed by city leaders in an effort to protect children from gun violence. But Small said two of the children were standing just outside their apartments when they were shot and two others were friends.

“They were a few yards from the front door in the yard, directly across from the house where two of the victims lived,” Small said. “We believe the other two were just visiting, they were friends, when someone fired at least 21 shots in the direction of these teenagers, hitting all four of them.”

Both shootings came amid a spate of violence on the streets of Philadelphia, including a June 4 mass shooting that left three dead and 11 injured in the South Street entertainment district.

The most recent crime statistics from the Philadelphia Police Department show that as of July 10, there have been 2,233 shootings in the city this year, a 6.9% increase from the same period. in 2021.

As of Wednesday, the city had recorded 290 homicides, down 2% from the same time last year, statistics show. Philadelphia recorded 562 homicides in 2021, breaking a record set in 2020.

ABC News

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