3 boys shot in West Philly recovering as police continue investigation

Tim Jimenez
November 26, 2018 - 7:48 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Police are looking for at least one gunman who shot two teens Sunday night in West Philadelphia. A stray bullet also went through a home and hit an 8-year-old boy. 

Authorities say one or two male assailants chased two boys, a 15-year-old and 16-year-old, down Ludlow Street near the 60th Street SEPTA station and fired on them. 

"We believe that the 15 or 16 year old was definitely targeted," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said Monday morning. "What is at issue is whether it is by one or two people."

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One teen was struck in the hip, and the other was hit in the foot.

One bullet went through the wall of a home and hit the 8-year-old in the face, Ross said. 

All three victims are now in stable condition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Police don't know what sparked the violence. A weapon has not yet been recovered, and no arrests have been made.

Commissioner Richard Ross says he found out about the shooting around 8 p.m.

“When I got the call I went out there and I wanted to see what it looked like. I wanted to see what this kind of chaos looks like for people who have to deal with it," he said Monday. 

Ross remarked Monday that the boy should have been safe in his own home. 

"Poor little 8-year-old sitting in his home and is struck by gunfire in the face," Ross said. "Think about how traumatic that must be to be sitting in your home, not only for his parent but for him — in the safety of your home, now you have to deal with that because you have one or two idiots deciding to fire recklessly in a courtyard."