Philly Mom Caught in Crossfire: Cops

A Philadelphia mother of two is fighting for her life after police say she was shot in the eye while walking home Thursday night in West Philadelphia.

By David Chang
|  Friday, Feb 24, 2012  |  Updated 1:31 PM EDT
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Police are investigating the shooting of a 38-year-old mother of two. Police say she was an innocent bystander who was shot in the eye. She's currently in critical condition.

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Police are investigating the shooting of a 38-year-old mother of two. Police say she was an innocent bystander who was shot in the eye. She's currently in critical condition.

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Woman Caught in Crossfire

A Philadelphia woman is fighting for her life after police say she was caught in a crossfire shooting. It happened last night while the woman was walking home after shopping at a mini market, according to police. Investigators are currently looking at surveillance video to find the people responsible.
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A 38-year-old mother of two is fighting for her life after a shooting in West Philadelphia.

It happened Thursday night shortly after 9 p.m. at 58th and Master Street, according to police. Investigators say five shots were fired. One of the bullets shattered the rear window of a parked school van. Another bullet struck a woman in her eye as she was walking towards her home along Hobart Street. Police believe the woman was an innocent victim caught in the crossfire.

“We know that it was a semiautomatic handgun used,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. “We believe she was coming from a mini-market, that’s what the surveillance footage showed us.”

The woman was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she remains in critical condition. Police say they have one witness and they are currently reviewing surveillance video of the incident.

“We have some video footage of three males seen fleeing the scene,” said Chief Inspector Small. “One was wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt.”

If you have any information on this incident, please call Philadelphia police.
 

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