Drive-by shooting in North Philly wounds 6, including 14-year-old boy

KYW Staff
October 14, 2019 - 8:22 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Six people, including a 14-year-old boy, were shot in a North Philly neighborhood Sunday night — the third mass shooting in the city in less than a week.

A few people who live by the shooting scene, at Eighth and Clearfield streets, say there is way too much gun violence in the Fairhill neighborhood.

“This is a war zone right here,” said Elizabeth Goda. “And it’s been going on for quite a while. We’re getting tagged, they’re tagging, the whole neighborhood.”

Around 5:30 Sunday evening, police say someone drove by and fired shots out the window. The six victims — men who range in age from 14 to 27 — were taken to the hospital for treatment. Police say all are expected to survive.

A girl, who says she’s the cousin of the youngest victim, described the chaos while she was inside a store.

“We heard gunshots and that’s when my mom told us to go behind the corner or go beside the edge of the store,” she said. “My heart was beating so fast.”

"I heard at least about 12 to 13 shots," added the victim's aunt. "Then they came and told me one of them was my nephew."

Several residents who spoke to KYW Newsradio were afraid to share their names for their own safety, they say, for fear of retaliation from gang violence.

No one has been arrested, and there's no word from police on what may have led to the shooting.

This mass shooting followed another one early Saturday morning, about a half-mile away in North Philadelphia. In that case, police say one person was killed and three others were wounded. 

Late Thursday night, police say five were shot while playing dice in a Queen Village apartment courtyard in South Philadelphia.

KYW Newsradio's Shara Dae Howard and Tim Jimenez contributed to this report.