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3 Gunmen Fire 55 Shots, Kill Teen and Man, Injure 3 Others at Philly Playground

The shooting victims were on the basketball court at Roberto Clemente Park along 18th and Wallace streets in Philadelphia's Spring Garden section shortly after 8 p.m. when multiple gunmen opened fire. 

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What to Know

  • Three gunmen killed two young men and injured at least three others at Roberto Clemente Park at 18th and Wallace streets in Philadelphia Wednesday night.
  • Police said the gunmen chased after at least one of the victims and fired more than 50 shots.
  • Khalid Henderson, 21, died at the scene while Jayden Lucas, 18, later died at the hospital.

Three gunmen fired at least 55 shots, killing a teenager and a young man and injuring three others at a Philadelphia playground and basketball court Wednesday night. 

Two 18-year-olds, two 19-year-olds and the 21-year-old were all at Roberto Clemente Park along 18th and Wallace streets around 8:10 p.m. when three gunmen chased after at least one man, trapped him in the playground area and opened fire, police said. They also opened fire on the other young men.

More than 30 people were in the area at the time.

Originally police said only four young men were shot, but on Thursday they updated that number after an 18-year-old turned up at the hospital.

One 19-year-old man was shot once in the torso, 21-year-old Khalid Henderson -- who lived just blocks away -- was shot once in the torso, the second 19-year-old man was shot in the left leg, one 18-year-old was shot in the hips and another 18-year-old Jayden Lucas -- of the Rhawnhurst neighborhood -- was shot in the back, Philadelphia police said.

Henderson died at the scene while Lucas died a couple hours later that hospital. The 19-year-old who was shot in the torso was listed in critical condition while the other 19-year-old was listed in stable condition. The other 18-year-old was listed in stable condition with gunshot wounds to both hips.

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A neighbor, who we are not identifying, told NBC10 he heard around 20 loud popping sounds in quick succession when the shooting took place.

Juana Robles, a live-in nurse who was caring for a patient, also told NBC10 she heard the shots.

"It was a lot of shots," she said. "They told me it was like fifty shots. Fifty shots! Why so many shots? That's horrible! You're not safe nowhere. See if you walk into the home in the middle of the situation. I'm ready to retire. I don't think I'm gonna wait four years more."

Police said they found 55 bullet casings in all at the scene.

One person who was found in a nearby car with a gun was taken into custody. The car was later towed away from the scene. Investigators are working to determine if that person was involved in the shooting and no charges were filed as of midday Thursday.

There have 323 reported homicides in Philadelphia this year, up 32% from the same time last year and the highest total up to this point in more than 13 years.

There are additional resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.

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