Four students were injured in a drive-by shooting near a Philadelphia high school on Wednesday, shortly after students were dismissed early for Thanksgiving, officials said.
Students were standing outside a beauty salon at 60th and Oxford streets when a silver Hyundai SUV arrived and began opening fire on the group shortly after 11.30am on Wednesday, the first deputy commissioner said of Philadelphia police, John Stanford, in a statement. conference.
Area police overseeing the school’s early dismissal for the holidays responded to the location after hearing the gunshots, Stanford said.
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 no one was killed in the incident and no one inside the busy beauty salon was injured.
When asked if the attack was random, he said it was not yet clear if any of the individuals in the group were 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.
No arrests were made and no weapons were recovered, officials said. The investigation is ongoing.
“We are devastated to see 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 erases everyone’s sense of safety, especially during peak school times, such as arrival and dismissal times.”
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney denounced the shooting, writing on Twitter: “I am heartbroken by another act of violence against students. I am grateful that all victims are stable and no one has been kill.”
“It is unacceptable for someone to endanger young people by shooting a gun near a school,” he added. 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.”