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Philadelphia shooting: 14-year-old boy shot in leg while standing at West Philadelphia bus stop


PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A 14-year-old boy standing at a bus stop Sunday night is recovering from a gunshot wound to his leg in another incident involving children in Philadelphia’s current gun crisis.

Last week, the city had at least 755 shootings a year.

Fifty-six of the victims are 17 or younger.

Among these minors, 11 were 14 years old or younger.

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding this shooting in West Philadelphia.

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They say shortly before 9:30 p.m., officers on patrol heard gunfire around 57th and Vine streets.

Officers arrived at the scene and found nine spent casings from a 0.9mm handgun, but initially located no casualties.

Officers soon learned that a 14-year-old boy had been shot in the leg while standing at the local bus stop.

He was taken to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital by private vehicle where he was stabilized.

He was then taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for further treatment.

“It’s not clear at this time if he was targeted,” Philadelphia inspector DF Pace said. “The casings are all clustered fairly close together, indicating that the shooter remained in approximately the same location while firing.”

According to the police, there were two girls in the hospital with the victim. They were not injured and it is unclear whether they were at the scene of the shooting.

The police were talking to the two girls to see if they could find out more about what had happened.

There are several real-time police cameras in the area, so investigators are going through the footage to see if anything was recorded to help catch the suspect.

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