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Men Shot Just Feet From West Philly Day Care

No children were hurt as gunfire erupted outside a West Philadelphia day care in the middle of the day

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Some scary moments for children and staff at a West Philadelphia day care center Wednesday afternoon as two young men were shot just feet away. Luckily, no infants inside were hurt.

Philadelphia police officers patrolling nearby rushed to the intersection of 54th Street and Girard Avenue around 12:25 p.m. after hearing gunfire, police said.

The officers scooped up an 18-year-old bleeding from his stomach and rushed him to a nearby hospital. Doctors listed the man in stable condition. A second man, a 20-year-old, was grazed on his right hip and was treated at the hospital in stable condition, police said.

None of the bullets struck any of the 10 children, all aged 4 and under, or two staff members inside the P & P Sunnyside Academy III at the corner.

Bullet evidence fell a short distance from the door of the day care.

The shooting was the third in as many days in the neighborhood, investigators and neighbors said. Police worked to figure out if Wednesday’s shooting was connected to the earlier assaults that left three other people shot.

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