A shooter opened fire on pedestrians near a Philadelphia transit station on Wednesday afternoon, leaving eight wounded, according to local media.
A 71-year-old man was left in critical condition and another seven victims were injured, including a female teen, after a suspect sprayed rounds on a busy city street just before 3 p.m.
“Today’s mass shooting near the Olney Transportation Center, in broad daylight, is yet another tragic example of the vicious, outrageous, and unacceptable gun violence epidemic that’s threatening the lives and safety of our fellow Philadelphians,” Mayor Jim Kenney said in a press release.
BREAKING: The moment shots are fired at Broad and Olney. We don’t see the shooter, but you can see people on the sidewalk running for safety. 7 people were shot. @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/BbjPLvBDEV
— Aaron Baskerville (@ABaskerville10) February 17, 2021
Commuters can be seen running for their lives in surveillance footage published on social media.
“A 22-year-old man was shot once in the back, a 21-year-old man was shot once in the right leg, a 53-year-old man was shot in the right leg, a 36-year-old woman was shot in the right thigh, a 70-year-old man was shot in the right thigh, a 17-year-old girl was shot in the right arm, a 48-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the stomach and a 71-year-old man was shot once in the stomach and multiple times in both legs,” NBC Philadelphia reports.
One suspect was apprehended but few details are available at this time.
The number of shooting victims in the city is reportedly up 68.5 percent from the same period last year.
“This is happening far too often. It’s happening in broad daylight. And we need everyone to come together to help us solve these cases,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Danielle Outlaw.”
In January, Josephus L. Davis was arrested and charged with murder following the killing of 25-year-old Milan Loncar, who was executed while walking his dog in the Brewerytown neighborhood of North Philadelphia.
Davis was freely roaming the streets just days after judges reduced his bail from $200,000 to $12,000 for previous offenses, including charges stemming from a violent carjacking, as well as an attack on a prison guard.
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