PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two teenagers' lives have been taken in a triple shooting in Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon. A third teen is hospitalized and in stable condition.
Philadelphia police said the shootings happened at about 12:10 p.m. near the corner of North 56th and West Vine streets in West Philadelphia. The location was just steps away from a day care center and a charter school.
Police said 16-year-old Kaylin Jahad Johnson of East Washington Avenue and 18-year-old Tommie Frazier of North 57th Street, were taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.
Johnson, whom KYW Newsradio has confirmed was quarterback for the Boys Latin Charter School football team, was found with gunshot wounds to the face and body inside a Hyundai Elantra on 56th Street. Frazier had been hit in several places throughout his body.
A 16-year-old boy, whose identity police have not disclosed, was shot in the left shoulder, according to investigators. He was taken to Lankenau Medical Center and placed in stable condition.
According to police, no one was initially arrested, and no weapon was recovered at the scene.
Officers marked at least 17 pieces of evidence on the street after the shooting, including numerous shell casing markers, as part of their investigation throughout the afternoon.
"He's not that kind of kid," said a woman on scene, who identified herself as the aunt of one of the victims.
Beverly, who declined giving her last name, lives just feet away from the location of the shooting. She says she was home with her daughter when she heard the familiar sound of gunfire.
"I said, 'Yes, that was gunshots,'" Beverly told KYW Newsradio. "I told her calmly, because I didn’t want to get her excited. I said, 'Get down on the floor,' so she got down on the floor."
Beverly said it was not hard to stay calm. She says she is used to this kind of violence.
"I do feel nervous about it, but I do try to hold my composure, the same way it happens to other people’s children," she said. "Tears roll down my eyes anyway, because I've got children."
Pointing across the street, she remarked that someone else had been shot and killed there before.
This incident was not far from where a pregnant woman was shot three times Tuesday night.
As of early Wednesday afternoon, 125 children have been shot in Philadelphia in 2021, and about 1,300 people have been shot this year in the city overall.