4 Shot, Including 2 Teens, in Oxford Circle

A shooting at an intersection in Philadelphia's Oxford Circle neighborhood late Thursday sent four people to the hospital — including two teenage boys.

At least a dozen shots were fired at Oakland Street and E. Cheltenham Avenue at 8:50 p.m., police said.

Two 17-year-old boys each took a bullet to the hip — the left hip for one boy and the right for the other. One was rushed by private vehicle to Jefferson Frankford Hospital while the other was taken by police to Temple University Hospital. Both are listed in stable condition, police said.

Six bullets hit a 23-year-old man in the legs and lower back, police said. A 21-year-old man was hit once in the left arm. Both were also driven to Jefferson Frankford Hospital by private vehicle. The eldest man's condition is not known while the other is listed in stable condition, police said.

Officers cordoned off the intersection as they marked shell casings and searched for additional evidence. There's no immediate word on what sparked the shooting.

The incident is the latest in an alarming rise of shootings involving Philadelphia children this year.

So far this year, 74 kids ages 17 years and under have been shot and 14 have been murdered, according to data provided this week by the Philadelphia Police Department. Both stats mark a four-year high.

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