PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The second shotgun shooting of a group of people in the city in a matter of days injured at least five people.
The more recent gunfire occurred Monday afternoon on a street in the Kensington neighborhood, where police said many adults and children were outside during the hot weather.
Inspector Michael McCarrick said a male shooter fired multiple times on the block, where lawn chairs that people had been sitting in remained on the street hours later. A shotgun was recovered at the scene, and the shooter was being sought.
The injured were taken to hospitals for treatment, police said. An 11-year-old girl had graze wounds.
Authorities were still searching for two suspects following a shooting Saturday night in west Philadelphia. A toddler and nine other people were hit by birdshot from a shotgun while they were at a cookout.
Kensington resident Cathy Dever said she heard what sounded like fireworks and then saw children running, screaming, from the block behind her.
Tina Jacobs said she heard the shots, too, half a block away, and made sure her granddaughter was behind her in the house.
“The kids on the block — they know how to move when they hear bullets,” she told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey had harsh words for those responsible for shootings in the city.
“Obviously it’s a problem … people going around shooting like that down streets in the middle of the day — beautiful day, children get struck, and it just makes absolutely no sense,” Ramsey said at Monday’s shooting scene. “But it just again, it just reinforces what we’ve said. … Some of these guys just don’t care.”
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