2 Shot at Post-Puerto Rican Day Parade Celebration

By Kelly Bayliss and Dan Stamm
|  Monday, Sep 30, 2013  |  Updated 5:36 AM EDT
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Despite the violence at a post-parade celebration. Police say the event was a success. NBC10's George Spencer has the story.

NBC10, Geroge Spencer

Despite the violence at a post-parade celebration. Police say the event was a success. NBC10's George Spencer has the story.

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Two people were injured in a shooting at a celebration following the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Hunting Park, according to police.

Chief Inspector Dennis Wilson says that a man was shot in the chest and another suffered a graze wound at a post-Puerto Rican Day Parade celebration on the 500 block of Rising Sun Avenue.

The shooter, police say, sped off on a motorcycle.

Both victims were taken to Temple University Hospital where the man who was shot in the chest remained in critical condition.

Police hoped witnesses could help the investigation.

"They may have seen what happened and we are just going to turn around, talk to them and see what's going on," said police Lt. Bill Hill.

A second incident involving a post-parade celebration resulted in the arrest of a woman.

Police say the woman was using a stun gun to shock people celebrating in the area of 2nd and Lehigh.

This year's incidents are added to a list of violent events surrounding the parade.

In 2013, cell video surfaced of Philadelphia Police Officer Lt. Jonathan Josey striking a woman at the Festival de la Americas following the parade. The video received more than 1.5 million views on YouTube.

Josey, who was fired by the force, was rehired in August.

In 2008, 24-year-old Matthew Novak was shot to death after the parade when he jumped in a car with strangers to get jumper cables when his friend's car broke down.

His murder is still unsolved.

Changes to ensure the safety of parade-goers were implemented in anticipation of Sunday's events.

"[We want to create] a really positive venue for them," said Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez a few days before the annual event. "Where they feel safe..." 

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