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14-year-old boy shot and killed while waiting for bus in Philadelphia

A 14-year-old boy has died after being shot 18 while waiting for a bus in Philadelphia.

Samir Jefferson was shot dead in broad daylight in the Feltonville neighborhood on Monday afternoon.

Police said two suspects got out of a car and chased the teenager while spraying 35 rounds with two guns until he collapsed. Samir was rushed to hospital and pronounced dead.

Two people of interest were taken into custody after the shooting but were released Tuesday morning, police said. The motive for the murder is unclear as the investigation is still ongoing.

“It is a tragedy that someone fires more than 30 shots at a teenager who is just waiting on the bus,” Philadelphia Chief Inspector of Police Scott Small said. “It’s even hard to imagine.”

Samir’s sister, who asked to remain anonymous, told NBC Philadelphia: “It’s really not going to be the same without my little brother because he has really brought joy to our family.”

The teenager’s death marked the city’s fifth fatal shooting over Thanksgiving weekend. Two other young men, Kanye Davis, 16, and Samuel Collington, 21, were shot dead on Sunday.

“My heart cries for the victims, their families and this city,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a statement Monday night.

“While we cannot bring back those who have been lost, the Philadelphia Police Department will ensure that these cases are fully investigated so that these victims and their families are brought to an end and justice is served.” “

The shootings prolonged a devastating increase in gun violence in Philadelphia. So far this year, the city has seen nearly 2,000 shootings, including 198 involving children, according to the municipal comptroller’s office.

Anyone with information about Monday’s shooting is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334 or the police hotline at 215-686-8477.

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