A 15-year-old girl is fighting for her life after she was shot in the head while playing basketball at a playground in Philadelphia’s Nicetown section Tuesday night.
The girl was on the basketball court at Jerome Brown Playground on the 1900 block of West Ontario Street at 8:53 p.m. when a gunman fired at least six shots.
The girl was shot once in the left side of her face and once in the right side of her head. She was taken to Temple University Hospital and is currently in extremely critical condition.
Surveillance video revealed there were at least ten people in the area at the time of the shooting though they all left after the shots were fired.
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"The tragedy about this is when police arrived at location, she was laying facedown on the basketball court all by herself," Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
No arrests have been made and a weapon has not been recovered. Police continue to investigate and will speak with neighbors as they gather more information. The girl lived a block away from where the shooting occurred.
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