Teen Shot in Legs, Cousin Wind Up Blocks Away From Where They Say Shooting Took Place: Police - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Teen Shot in Legs, Cousin Wind Up Blocks Away From Where They Say Shooting Took Place: Police

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    Cousins Shot in North Philly But Story Doesn't Add Up

    The 16- and 20-year-olds were recovering at Temple University Hospital after fleeing the scene of the crime early Tuesday morning and winding up a couple of blocks away. (Published Tuesday, May 3, 2016)

    Police found cousins – a teenager and woman – on a stoop blocks away from where a gunman approached them and began firing along a North Philadelphia street overnight, said Philadelphia Police.

    A 20-year-old woman and 16-year-old man told investigators they were shot without reason as they walked in the area of Somerset Street and Park Avenue around 1 a.m. Tuesday, said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

    "We found both victims sitting on the front steps of a property of the 100 block of Glenwood (Avenue)," said Small. "Why they picked that house, we don’t know."

    The teen was shot four times – twice in one leg, once in the other leg and once in the elbow – the woman was shot once in the back. Medics transported both victims to Temple University Hospital conscious and in stable condition, said Small.

    "They describe this man as a male wearing gray hooded sweatshirt, no further description," said Small.

    The victims live in the same home near they were where they were shot, said investigators.

    "Why they would run two blocks away, opposed to running home after being shot is of concern to us," said Small. "So we don’t know how truthful they are being with their story."

    Small said it was also odd that a boy shot three times in the leg could run multiple blocks after being shot.

    The area of Park and Somerset is “well-known for street sales of illegal narcotics,” said Small.

    Police didn’t reveal a motive and couldn’t find ballistic evidence in the case.

    "We have no witnesses," said Small.