What to Know
- A 1-year-old, his 18-year-old mother, a 14-year-old and two women were shot Monday when a gunman fired into a crowd gathered for a party.
- The shooting took place along West Harold Street in North Philadelphia.
- The shooting was one of five shootings that took place in a matter of hours across Philadelphia despite orders for people to stay at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A 1-year-old, his 18-year-old mother, another teen and two women were shot as a gunman fired at a birthday party in North Philadelphia Monday night.
Police told NBC10 the victims were attending a birthday celebration on the 2300 block of W. Harold Street around 10 p.m. The birthday was for a man who had been shot a few days ago, investigators said.
During the party, an unidentified man dressed in black opened fire from about a half a block away, striking the five people.
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The boy – who was initially said to be 2 years old, not 1 – was shot at least once in the buttocks and rushed to the hospital. He was transferred to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in critical but stable condition, police said Tuesday.
The 18-year-old mom was shot in the back and listed in critical but stable condition, police said. The 14-year-old was also shot in the lower back and was being treated in critical bu stable condition.
A 25-year-old woman was in critical but stable condition after being shot in both legs and a 41-year-old woman was in stable condition with a gunshot wound to her arm, police said.
The birthday party took place despite a stay-at-home order banning large gatherings in Philadelphia.
Mayor Jim Kenney called the shooting “horrible by itself" but "gut-wrenching" amid the coronavirus outbreak. His thoughts were echoed by police.
"They should not have been gathering although that is not the issue here," Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Marvin Singleton said. "The issue is we have a young child shot who is serious, the mother, very young, also shot, and three other females shot."
No arrests were made as of Tuesday morning and police had not named any suspects.
This was one of at least five shootings around Philadelphia in a few hours late Monday night into early Tuesday morning:
A 28-year-old man was found shot near a rental car blasted with bullets at Indian Queen Lane and Cresson Street in the East Falls neighborhood just after midnight, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Khalil Simmons died hours later at Temple University Hospital, police said.
Around 11:40 p.m., a man ran into a Germantown gas station on Queen Lane after being shot in the legs along nearby Greene Street, police said. The 41-year-old man was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
Around 10 p.m., a man was shot twice in the arm along Springfield Avenue in the Kingsessing neighborhood. The 42-year-old was hospitalized in stable condition.
Around 9:30 p.m. on Monday, an 18-year-old was shot in the leg along Red Lion Road in the Bustleton section of Northeast Philadelphia. He was hospitalized in stable condition.
On Tuesday afternoon, Kenney said anyone committing gun crimes would be arrested, called on gun owners to secure their weapons and called on prosecutors to enforce consequences for anyone carrying weapons illegally. In addition, the mayor said officers would be enforcing the city's order to stay home and could issue citations to violators.
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