Stray Bullet Catches Girl, 16, Outside Philly Corner Store

A 16-year-old girl wound up in the crossfire as a gunman targeted a man outside a Philadelphia corner store overnight.

Gunfire rang out around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday outside the Brito Mini Market at E Lycoming and O Streets in the Juniata Park neighborhood.

"Upon police arrival they found a 16-year-old female suffering from a gunshot wound to her left leg," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

The girl was walking near the store with a friend when they heard gunshots and only realized she was shot after running into a neighbor's home. Medics rushed the girl to St. Christopher’s Hospital where doctors listed her as being in stable condition.

"Preliminary information is that this 16-year-old female that was shot in the leg is an innocent victim that was struck by stray gunfire," said Small.

Police learned that a 22-year-old man was dropped off at Aria-Frankford with a a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transferred to Aria-Torresdale’s trauma unit where doctors listed him in critical condition.

"Unknown at this time if he’s going to survive," Small said early Thursday.

It appeared that someone fired at multiple shots. Witnesses told investigators it appeared the gunman was aiming at the male victim inside a car.

The gunman, wearing a white T-shirt, hopped on a bicycle and fled the scene, said police.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.

This shooting came a night after a 13-year-old boy was shot in a road rage shooting in Hunting Park.

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