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Man Shoots 3 Teens He Says Attacked Him on SEPTA Bus, Police Say

An altercation on a Route 58 SEPTA bus in the Oxford Circle neighborhood ended with three teenagers shot in their legs and a man claiming he opened fire after being attacked

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What to Know

  • A man told investigators he shot three teenagers on a SEPTA bus after the attacked him, Philadelphia police said.
  • The incident played out early Thursday on a Route 58 SEPTA bus on Bustleton Avenue.
  • No charges were immediately filed.

A fight on a SEPTA bus ended with three teenagers shot and a man telling police he opened fire after being attacked.

The incident played out on a Route 58 bus going north along Bustleton Avenue in the Oxford Circle neighborhood around 1 a.m. Thursday.

The bus driver pulled over at Bustleton Avenue and St. Vincent Street after the 15-year-old, 16-year-old and a 17-year-old were shot in their legs, Philadelphia police said. Officers rushed the boys to hospitals for treatment. The boys were listed in stable condition.

A 24-year-old man stayed on the scene and told responding officers that he pulled out his gun and shot the boys in self defense after being attacked, police said.

The driver and several other passengers on the bus were not injured, police said.

The man police said pulled the trigger was taken to Northeast Detectives for further questioning and wasn't charged as of Thursday morning. His gun was recovered.

Surveillance cameras on the bus could help detectives in the investigation.

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