A stray bullet from a deadly shooting nearly claimed more victims overnight.
“We’re really lucky that that stray bullet didn’t injure (anyone),” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.
Shots rang out around 10:45 p.m. Monday on the 1800 block of N Uber Street in North Philadelphia.
A 25-year-old man was sitting in his car along with his girlfriend when two suspects approached the car. Philadelphia Police say that the man and the woman darted from the car but it was too late as the 25-year-old was hit multiple times in the chest and back as he tried to run away.
The unidentified victim died a short time later at Temple University Hospital. The girlfriend wasn’t hurt, according to police.
At least five shots were fired from a semi-automatic handgun, according police.
The investigation into the shooting was just beginning. Police were called to a nearby home on N 20th Street where a stray bullet nearly missed a woman and her daughter as her grandchildren slept upstairs.
“One of the stray shots did go through a living room window… where there were two 9-year-old children sleeping upstairs and their mother and grandmother were in the living room watching television when they both say this stray bullet whizzed by their heads,” Small said. “They felt it and heard it go by their heads.”
“That bullet went through the living room window and struck a picture frame hanging on the wall.”
Small said the family was lucky no one was hurt.
Police gathered surveillance video from near the scene and ballistics evidence both from outside where the shooting happened and inside the home where the bullet entered.