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Teen Shot 4 Times Following Brawl Near North Philly School

A teen boy is fighting for his life after he was shot several times following a brawl involving two groups near a North Philadelphia high school

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A teen boy is fighting for his life after he was shot several times following a brawl between two groups near a North Philadelphia high school.

Police told NBC10 two groups of teens involved in an ongoing feud were fighting along 21st and Master streets around 3 p.m. Monday. Shortly after the fight, a black car described as either a Nissan Altima or Nissan Maxima drove past one of the groups. A gunman inside the vehicle then fired at least seven shots.

A 16-year-old boy in the group was shot four times. He was taken by police to Temple University Hospital where he remains in critical condition. His family was by his side Monday night as he underwent surgery.

No arrests have been made, a weapon has not been recovered and police have not released a description of any suspects.

The victim is an 11th grade student at the nearby Vaux High School on 2300 Master Street. Classes had just ended at the time of the fight and shooting.

"It was at dismissal," Izayah Gooden, a student, told NBC10. "The shots rang out. A bunch of students was running back and we were told to go back in the building."

Neighbors told NBC10 fights on Master Street occur daily.

"Sometimes they come down here. They get in arguments. They fight," Philadelphia Police Capt. Nashid Akil said. "Usually it's on 22nd Street but it came down a little more east on Master Street."

The incident occurred less than a week after another shooting near a North Philadelphia school claimed the life of a young woman.

"It makes me sad," Stephanie Dennis of North Philadelphia told NBC10. "This is their future. They're supposed to be going to school, coming home and having a normal life."

If you have any information on Monday's shooting, please call Philadelphia police.

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

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