Police looking for 2 men suspected of shooting 3 women, a teen and a baby

Kristen Johanson
March 31, 2020 - 1:01 pm
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UPDATED: 5:57 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Authorities are investigating the shooting of five people in North Philadelphia on Monday night — including a 1-year-old and a teenager.

A group of women with a baby were gathered outside a home on West Harold Street, near 23rd Street, just about a block off of Lehigh Avenue when, around 10 p.m., two men in dark clothing came up and started firing at the group.

A baby boy was shot in the buttocks and is in critical condition at the hospital.

Two teenage girls, a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old, were both shot in the lower back and severely injured.

A 25-year-old woman was shot in both of her legs, and a 41-year-old was hit in the arm.

All victims are expected to recover.

City Council President Darrell Clarke, in whose district the shooting occurred, said every senseless act of gun violence diminishes us all, yet they continue "at a time when our city needs unity more than ever to fight the COVID-19 pandemic."

As his daily press briefing on Tuesday, Mayor Jim Kenney condemned the overnight gun violence and called on the district attorney to vigorously enforce gun-related charges.

"If you're committing gun violence, you will be arrested," he said, addressing would-be offenders. "There needs to be some consequences."

Police are still enforcing the law, he said, and arrests will still be made for gun crimes and other violence during the pandemic.

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw joined the daily briefing to discuss enforcement.

“We are really working in uncharted territory. Arrest is not off the table, given that we’re all familiar with some people that have been out and about very blatantly in disregard of the stay-at-home order, but we have to deal with these on a case-by-case basis,” she said.

Jane Roh, spokesperson for the District Attorney’s Office, said in a statement: “The DAO has vigorously prosecuted and has not declined to charge a single individual arrested by police during the COVID-19 emergency for a shooting, homicide, or other violent crime.”

Kenney continued, “We need more people who are carrying guns on the street illegally, and are carrying guns with a record, to be segregated from the community. That’s the reason why our spike has happened and the reason our homicide spike has happened.

“Our officers are on the street, valiantly putting their lives in harm's way, to take gun after gun after gun off the street, and it seems the same characters wind up back on the street with another gun.”

Central Detectives are combing the area for surveillance and talking to witnesses.

No one has been arrested and no gun was recovered.