Four students were injured in an apparent drive-by shooting near Overbrook High School shortly after school dismissed early ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Philadelphia police said.
Shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, a gunman opened fire as the students stood outside of a store at 60th and Oxford streets, police and school officials said.
The four students involved suffered nonlife-threatening injuries, according to a spokesperson with the Philadelphia School District.
A 15-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder and thigh, and another 15-year-old girl was also shot in the shoulder, Philadelphia Police Officer Miguel Torres said. Both girls were listed in stable condition at the hospital.
Two additional victims, both 16-year-old boys, were also shot in their extremities. One of them was grazed in the face by a bullet, as well, according to Torres. Both were stable at the hospital.
Philadelphia Police First Deputy Commissioner John Stanford said it wasn’t immediately clear whether the shooting was a targeted attack.
“We are devastated how senseless gun violence continues to plague our city. Its impact extends to all students, staff, and school communities,” the School District of Philadelphia said in an emailed statement. “The ongoing violence erases everyone’s sense of safety, especially during peak school times, such as arrival and dismissal periods.”
SkyForce10 over the scene in Overbrook showed several law enforcement officers standing in the intersection about a block from the school. A glass door and window of the Beauty Lounge hair salon were shattered by what appeared to be gunfire.
The PPD and the Office of School Safety continue to investigate, the district spokesperson said.
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