PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A young teen was shot while eating with family inside a donut shop in Northern Liberties Thursday afternoon, as another man was being pursued by two gunmen.
The city’s police commissioner was on scene in the aftermath and said shooters are becoming more and more brazen.
It was just after 1 p.m. Thursday when, police say, two gunmen started chasing and firing at a 22-year-old man along Fairmount Avenue and 7th streets. The target then ran into the Federal Donuts where a 14-year-old boy was sitting with his family.
He was shot in the leg and is expected to survive.
"There was at least one family in there. Obviously there were employees in there. There was another young person inside and quite a few people outside from what we can tell." said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw.
The 22-year-old was shot several times and is in critical condition.
There has not been an arrest, and no weapons were recovered from the scene.
"If someone wants to shoot someone, whether it’s a pandemic, it’s raining, it’s snowing, whatever it is, when they see them, regardless of the circumstances, they are going to shoot them," said Outlaw.
"It doesn’t matter. If they see an opportunity to shoot the person they’ve intended to shoot, they are going to take that shot, and I think that’s what we saw here today."
Outlaw said shootings not only traumatize those shot, but also witnesses to the gunfire, and the surrounding community.
"These shootings have an impact on our neighborhood," she said.
"Enough is enough. We have to let the community know we are not going to tolerate this, this is not the new normal. We are going to continue to work around the clock to put the pieces together of this case, to figure out why it was done and to ensure it doesn’t happen again."
Behind her were a trio of men with “Stop the Violence” signs, who often go to scenes in protest of the gun violence.
"I credit gentlemen like this to come out and say, very vocally, 'We are tired of this. We need to stop the killing because it’s made very clear that it’s going to take more than the police.' "
There have been about 900 shootings so far this year, up 25% from this time last year.