PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Four Overbrook High School students were shot in West Philadelphia just before noon Wednesday.
Officials say the teens were shot after class was let out for early dismissal. They were about a block away from the school, at 60th and Oxford streets, standing outside of a beauty shop when someone in an SUV drove down the street and began shooting out of the car.
Two 15-year-old girls and two 16-year-old boys were injured. Both of the girls were shot in the left shoulder, and one was hit a second time in the left thigh. One boy had a graze wound to the face and was hit in the left hand. The other boy was hit in the right leg.
Police say the victims were taken to a nearby hospital and are expected to physically recover.
The school was placed on lockdown after the shooting occurred. The lockdown was lifted at 1 p.m.
School officials, including the superintendent and district safety adviser, were on the scene. They expressed outrage at the amount of gun violence, particularly involving students.
“Today, students leaving Overbrook High School, ready for time off from school with their loved ones, had their lives upended by the devastation wrought by gun violence. No one should have to go to school in fear. Or go to a club in fear. Or go to work in fear. Or simply exist in fear for their life,” said Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan in a statement.
“While I am grateful that the students injured appear to be in stable condition, I am disgusted by the level of violence impacting so many across this city and nation,” Jordan said. “It is well past time for meaningful and sustainable action on gun reform.”
"The ongoing violence erases everyone's sense of safety, especially during peak school times, such as arrival and dismissal periods," read a School District of Philadelphia statement issued Wednesday.
According to police data, 233 children have been shot this year, 36 of which have been fatal. The total number of people shot in Philadelphia is more than 2,000 — 435 of them deadly.
It’s unclear if this was a targeted attack. So far, no arrests have been made and investigators have retrieved no weapons.
This is a developing story and will be updated. Stay with KYW Newsradio for the latest.