Four students were injured in a shooting near a Philadelphia high school, police say


Four students were injured in a drive-by shooting near a Philadelphia high school on Wednesday, shortly after students were fired early for Thanksgiving, officials said.

The students were standing outside a beauty parlor at 60th and Oxford Streets when a silver Hyundai SUV drove up and began opening fire on the group shortly after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Philadelphia Police Department First Deputy Commissioner John Stanford said in a statement. news item. conference.

Police officers in the area to monitor the early school dismissal for the holidays responded to the scene when they heard the gunfire, Stanford said.

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Four students – two 15-year-old girls and two 16-year-old boys – were injured and hospitalized in stable condition on Wednesday, police said.

Stanford said it was fortunate that no one was killed in the incident and no one in the occupied beauty parlor was hit.

When asked if the attack was random, he said it was not yet clear whether any of the individuals in the group had been targeted.

Overbrook High School was closed at 11:47 a.m. due to the shooting and was lifted at 1:02 p.m., police said.

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No arrests have been made and no weapons have been recovered, officials said. The investigation is ongoing.

“We are devastated at how senseless gun violence continues to plague our city. Its impact extends to all students, staff and school communities,” the Philadelphia school district said in a statement to NBC Philadelphia. “The ongoing violence undermines everyone’s sense of security, especially during peak times at school, such as arrival and departure periods.”

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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney denounced the shooting, writing on Twitter, “I am heartbroken by yet another act of violence against students. I am thankful that all victims are stable and no one was killed.”

“It is unreasonable for someone to endanger young people by firing a gun near a school,” he said. tweeted. “Our administration will work with @PHLschools to support the Overbrook High School community and with law enforcement to ensure the perpetrators are found and held accountable.”

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