Shootout, Crash Near Philadelphia Charter School Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Hurt - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Shootout, Crash Near Philadelphia Charter School Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Hurt

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    Man Killed, 2 Hurt After Gun Battle in Front of School

    A man is dead and two others are hurt after a gun battle led to a car crash in front of a local school. NBC10's Christine Maddela has the details. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014)

    A man on foot and a man in a car began shooting at each other Wednesday afternoon outside a community center that houses a charter school.

    The shooting outside of Congreso de Latinos Unidos -- a community services facility -- along N American Street near Cambria Street in Philadelphia’s West Kensington neighborhood around 1:15 p.m. left one alleged shooter dead, another shooter hurt and an innocent bystander hospitalized.

    Police told NBC10 that a man on foot and a man in a car began shooting at each other in front of the community center. After being shot, the man in the car crashed into an innocent bystander who was walking across the street.

    "He actually works out here at the garage," said Philadelphia Police Captain Mike Cram. "He was just out doing his job and gets hit by the car." 

    The driver of the car later died at Temple University Hospital. The other two men remained in stable condition at Hahnemann Hospital, according to police.

    A Brightside Academy day care is nearby the shooting scene. No injuries were reported at the day care or community center. Pan American Charter School is also located inside the center and was placed on lockdown for several hours due to the shooting.

    Crying parents could be seen picking up their children.

    "We got the phone call to pick up our children," said Yorlany Lopez, a mother of a student at Pan American Charter. "I'm just glad they're safe." 

    What led to the shooting remains under investigation.