2 Teens Struck After Gunmen Open Fire at Rec Center

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    Two people were shot Wednesday at a recreational center in West Oak Lane. NBC10's George Spencer spoke to a witness. (Published Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014)

    Two teenagers are in the hospital after two gunmen opened fire at a rec center in the West Oak Lane section of the city on Wednesday.

    Police say the unidentified gunmen fired at least eleven shots around 4:45 p.m. at the Simons Rec Center on the 1600 block of Walnut Lane. Around 50 people, mostly teens and children, were at the rec center at the time. 

    An 18-year-old man was struck in the groin while a 19-year-old man was struck in the thigh. Police say the two gunmen, one wearing a white t-shirt and the other a black t-shirt, left the scene on foot.

    A witness, who did not want to be identified, told NBC10 he was astonished to watch the gunmen walk away calmly despite the chaos.

    "The guy that I guess was the shooter came down the steps," the man said. "He put the gun in his belt, pulled his shirt over the gun and walked down the street."

    Both victims were taken to Einstein Hospital. The 18-year-old is currently in critical condition while the 19-year-old is in stable condition.

    No arrests have been made in the shooting. Police have not yet released physical descriptions of the gunmen. Police say surveillance video from the neighborhood may have captured the suspects leaving the scene.

    If you have any information on the shooting, please call Philadelphia Police.