Teen girl shot and killed in front of mother, 2 others wounded

Investigators say 22 shots were fired and the girl was an innocent bystander, struck by a stray bullet. 

John McDevitt
May 12, 2018 - 9:13 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Police say a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed in front of her mother after being caught in the crossfire in West Philadelphia. The shooting also wounded two other teens.

Investigators said gunfire erupted just before 11 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of North Simpson Street, near 64th and Callowhill Streets. 

"There were 22 shots fired from two different guns," said Police Lieutenant John Walker. "So we believe there is at least two shooters that came out of that breezeway shooting at somebody in this block."

A 17-year-old girl was caught in the crossfire and struck in the neck and back. She was rushed to Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Police said a second victim, a 17-year-old male, was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital in stable condition. And a 15-year-old boy was shot in the thigh. He also was hospitalzied in stable condition.

Walker said it was unclear who was the intended target. 

Police were asking anyone with information to call 215-686-3334 or 911. There was a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.