Gunfire Rings Out Outside Philly Day Care, Guy Flees on Scooter: Police

Parents rushed to pick up their children from a Philadelphia day care after a gunman opened fire outside.

Philadelphia Police didn’t immediately say why the gunman began firing at E Ontario and H streets -- not far from KenCrest Early Childhood Center -- in the city’s Kensington neighborhood around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Luckily, no one was hit but at least one bullet did strike a parked car and officers on adjacent Russell Street heard the shots and saw the shooter fleeing on a moped, said police.

The day care alerted parents about the shooting, which led to parents some parents to quickly pick up their children, said Blue Bell, Pennsylvania-based KenCrest spokesman Mik Gregoire.

Gregoire called the incident "nerve-wracking" but said the staff at the center followed emergency procedures and sheltered in place. He said the shooting didn't impact anything at the center.

No word yet on a motive.

A short time before the shooting on H Street, a gunman killed a 25-year-old man about two miles away at W Indiana Avenue and N Lawrence Street.

Police made no connections between the shootings.

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