Philly Shootout Leaves 3 Teens Breaking Curfew Hurt: Police

Curfew questions hung over the shooting of three teenagers in Philadelphia’s Grays Ferry neighborhood overnight.

Gunfire rang out near Etting and Tasker streets just after midnight, said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small early Monday.

A 17-year-old boy approached an officer at 27th and Dickinson streets -- after the officer heard gunshots -- and said he had been shot nearby, said police.

"(Police) found three victims -- a 16-year-old male was shot twice in his leg, a 17-year-old male was shot once in his leg and another 16-year-old male was shot once in his lower back," said Small.

Police rushed both boys shot in their legs to Presbyterian Hospital while medics rushed the boy shot in his back to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The boys were listed in stable condition early Monday, said Small.

The shooting appeared to be a shootout between two groups or two people -- one possibly in a older Nissan Maxima or Altima that sped off from the scene, said Small. Police hoped surveillance cameras could help them track down the shooters.

It was unclear if the boys were innocent victims or involved in the shooting, said investigators. Bullets struck three parked cars as well.


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The investigation went beyond the scope of just the shooting.

"They should not have been out this late," said Small. "They're juveniles, they're not adults so therefore they have to adhere to the curfew rules and they should have been in, they should have been home. These curfew rules protect people form not only committing crimes but from being victims of crimes."

Police hope surveillance cameras could help them track down the shooters.

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