Three customers were shot early Tuesday inside a North Philadelphia Chinese takeout restaurant, leaving one of the victims in critical condition, police said. No arrests had been made as of late Tuesday afternoon.
Hours after the 12:40 a.m. shooting inside No. 1 Kitchen Chinese & American Food, it was business as usual there at Fifth and Cumberland Streets. Remnants of yellow police tape remained outside, but the restaurant was open Tuesday afternoon. A man working behind the glass casing said he didn't speak English.
An employee at the Los Hermanos grocery store at the intersection said shootings happen throughout the city. "We open at 7:30 and close at 9," said Nelson Santos, who has worked at Los Hermanos for the last few months. "We haven't had any problems yet."
On the front door of the grocery is a sign that reads: "Do not enter with mask or hoodie."
Residents of the 2500 block of North Fifth Street said the area had been plagued by violence.
"We don't even have recreation centers for our kids. That's why they keep killing each other," said a woman who declined to give her name. "It's not even summer yet. It's sad."
Another woman who declined to give her name said she was scared for her children and planned to move to Georgia, "where people die slower." She said she was considering going to the Chinese eatery early Tuesday but decided to stay inside. Then she heard the gunshots and was ducking inside her home, she said.
"This is crazy," the woman said. "Everybody goes to that place. I'm glad I didn't go."
According to crime data reports compiled on Inquirer.com, between April 14 and May 14, no homicides occurred in that neighborhood of North Philadelphia.
In Tuesday's shooting, a 22-year-old man was shot multiple times and was listed in critical condition at Temple University Hospital, police said. A 20-year-old man was shot once in the hand, and a 19-year-old man was shot twice in the leg and arm, according to police. Those two were listed in stable condition.