Teen lifeless after gunmen ‘ambushed’ 5 highschool soccer gamers in Philadelphia, police say

5 highschool soccer gamers have been shot Tuesday in a lethal “ambush” after a scrimmage in Philadelphia, authorities mentioned.

Two gunmen are thought to have opened fireplace after a recreation at Roxborough Excessive College, killing a 14-year-old boy, Philadelphia Police First Deputy Commissioner John Stanford advised reporters.

The gamers have been strolling off the sphere when gunfire erupted from a light-weight inexperienced Ford Explorer, the Philadelphia Police Division mentioned in an announcement.

The teenager was struck within the chest and pronounced lifeless at a hospital at 5:09 p.m., the assertion mentioned.

Officers examine a capturing that killed a teenage boy whereas injuring 4 others close to Roxborough Excessive College, in Philadelphia, on Sept. 27, 2022.WCAU

Different victims included a 17-year-old who was struck as soon as within the arm and 3 times within the leg and a 14-year-old who was hit as soon as within the thigh, the division mentioned. One other participant suffered a graze wound, Stanford mentioned.

Particulars on the fifth sufferer’s accidents weren’t instantly obtainable.

No victims or suspects have been recognized. A motive remained unknown, Stanford mentioned.

Gamers from three colleges had been concerned within the scrimmage, Stanford mentioned. All of those that have been struck attend Roxborough, northwest of downtown Philadelphia, he mentioned.

The gunmen appeared to have fired “quite a bit” of bullets on the gamers, Stanford mentioned.

“The most important piece of this — there’s a 14-year-old doing what college students do, having soccer video games on the finish of the day,” Stanford mentioned. “It is one of many issues we encourage our youngsters to do.”

Talking to reporters, Philadelphia College District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. Tony B. Watlington Sr. mentioned he was “personally disturbed and fairly frankly indignant with this mindless act of violence.”

The capturing occurred the identical day Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed an government order banning weapons at metropolis recreation facilities, playgrounds, swimming pools and comparable services which have recorded 18 shootings this yr and 300 since 2019, NBC Philadelphia reported.

Greater than 1,400 folks have been struck in nonfatal shootings this yr in Philadelphia, metropolis information exhibits. There have been 400 homicides, a 1 % drop from the identical time final yr, the town’s most violent on file, in line with NBC Philadelphia.

Gemma DiCasimirro and Yasmeen Persaud contributed.

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