Gunman Shoots Teen Boy and Woman During Kickball Game at Philadelphia Playground

The woman and teen were at Hancock Playground at Hancock and Master streets when a gunman opened fire, shooting both victims

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A gunman walked onto a Philadelphia playground Wednesday night and shot a teenage boy and a woman during a kickball game. 

The 35-year-old woman was playing in a rec-league kickball game at the Hancock Playground on Hancock and Master streets shortly before 9 p.m. when a gunman opened fire.

"There were teenagers, juveniles, young adults as well as adults when the shooting took place," Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. "We're told that the shooter walked into the rec center and just began firing shots. At least five shots were fired."

A 16-year-old boy who was at the playground was shot in the shoulder while the 35-year-old woman was shot in the back. One bullet also struck a nearby house.

Police said the gunman fled the rec center and got into a dark colored car, possibly a black Kia, that was last seen traveling north on the 1500 block of Hancock Street.

The teen boy was listed in stable condition while the woman was taken into surgery.

About 40 people were at the playground at the time of the shooting. Police also said several people in the medical field were playing in the organized kickball game and tended to the victims.

It was the second shooting involving a teenager in Philadelphia Wednesday night. Earlier in the evening, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the arm while standing near a SEPTA bus depot on the 1300 block of South 49th Street.

So far this year, 77 people under the age of 18 have been shot in Philadelphia, compared to 49 at the same time last year, according to Philadelphia police. Police also said 18 of this year's 77 young shooting victims have been killed.

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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