Several gunmen chased a 14-year-old boy and fired 36 shots at him, striking him at least 18 times in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Monday.
Witnesses told police the teen was standing on the corner of Rising Sun and Wyoming avenues at 3:30 p.m. waiting for a bus when several gunmen exited a vehicle, approached him and opened fire.
The boy fled the scene as the gunmen chased him and fired at least 36 shots. The boy was shot at least 18 times throughout his body and collapsed on the sidewalk. The gunmen then fled in a vehicle which was stopped by police at the intersection of 5th Street and Somerville Avenue.
Two men considered persons of interest were taken into police custody. A woman who witnessed the shooting was also taken into custody for questioning.
Police also said they found numerous surveillance cameras in the area.
“Earlier today, we lost another young life to senseless gun violence–the fourth since yesterday,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said. “My heart grieves for the victims, their families, and this city. While we cannot bring back those lost, the Philadelphia Police Department will ensure that these cases are fully investigated so that these victims and their families receive closure and justice.”
The murder occurred a day after a 16-year-old boy was shot eight times in North Philadelphia. A 21-year-old Temple University student was also shot and killed during an off-campus robbery Sunday afternoon.