A 14-year-old boy waiting for a bus was fatally shot Monday afternoon in the city’s Feltonville section, police said.
Around 3:30 p.m., the teen, who was later identified as Samir Jefferson, was standing in front of a Rite Aid on the northeast corner of West Wyoming and Rising Sun Avenues when one or two vehicles pulled up and two males exited and began shooting, said Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.
Jefferson, who attended a nearby high school, ran about 200 feet east on Wyoming before collapsing on the sidewalk, Small said. The two shooters chased him and continued shooting, leaving a trail of at least 35 shell casings from two separate guns.
Jefferson, who was shot at least 10 times, was taken by medics to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:02 p.m.
Police later stopped two vehicles in the area of Fifth Street and Somerville Avenue in Olney and took two males into custody as persons of interest, Small said.
Police were reviewing video from numerous surveillance cameras from the busy commercial intersection at Wyoming and Rising Sun, Small said.
On Monday night, the president of the union representing the city’s public school teachers issued a statement decrying the killings, also noting other fatal shootings of young people.
“I am outraged and heartsick that during the last several days, we have seen a further intensification of deadly violence in our beloved city,” said Jerry T. Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
“I have lived in, and loved, this city for my entire life. This level of persistent loss, against the backdrop of a deadly pandemic, is too much to bear. It should shake all of us to our core, and it should spur us towards meaningful, collective action,” Jordan said.
A little while later, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw also issued a statement.
“Earlier today, we lost another young life to senseless gun violence — the fourth since yesterday,” she said. “My heart grieves for the victims, their families, and this city. While we cannot bring back those lost, the Philadelphia Police Department will ensure that these cases are fully investigated so that these victims and their families receive closure and justice.”
Over the weekend, the city exceeded the record of 500 homicides set in 1990.