Gunman Shoots Teen Boy 7 Times Near West Philly School

The 16-year-old boy was on the 1500 block of North 52nd Street at 2:49 p.m. when a gunman opened fire. 

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A teen boy is fighting for his life after he was shot seven times near a school in West Philadelphia Monday afternoon. 

The 16-year-old boy was sitting on a curb at the Parkside Shopping Center on the 1500 block of North 52nd Street at 2:49 p.m. when a gunman inside a black SUV opened fire. 

The teen was shot four times in the stomach, twice in the chest and once in the right shoulder. He was taken to Presbyterian Hospital in critical condition. 

No arrests have been made and a weapon has not been recovered. Police say the teen was targeted.

"One hundred percent targeted. No doubt about it," Philadelphia Police Captain John Walker said. "Don't know why but there’s no doubt this kid was targeted, but the number of shots fired at him is concerning."

The boy is a student at the nearby KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy on 5070 Parkside Avenue. Police said he had left school early prior to the shooting though they're unsure why.

“The KIPP Philadelphia Public School community is deeply saddened by the shooting incident that occurred so close to our campus," a school spokesperson wrote. "Our thoughts and prayers are with our KIPP Dubois Collegiate Academy student and his family during this difficult time."

Police have not released a description of the gunman but believe the suspect was inside a black Toyota Matrix.

If you have any information on the shooting, please call Philadelphia Police.

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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