Among the victims of a triple shooting in South Philadelphia on Friday night were a 14-year-old boy, and a 20-year-old man who remains in critical condition after being shot seven times, according to police.

About 11:10 p.m., an unidentified shooter, or shooters, opened fire on Morris Street near 24th. The barrage of bullets struck the 20-year-old in the left hip, leg, knee and foot, and in the right knee, police said.

The 14-year-old was shot once in his foot, and a 43-year-old man was shot twice in his back.

Both of those victims are in stable condition and expected to survive, police said.

All three victims were taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.


Police are trying to determine just how and where an 11-year-old boy was shot once in his left knee Saturday afternoon in Southwest Philadelphia.

About 1 p.m., cops responded to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where the boy was being treated.

He told police that he had been playing at the Vare Recreation Center and found a small, black handgun.

He said that he was playing with the gun when it went off and struck him in the leg, but that he was able to run about a block to his house at 26th Street near Tasker, cops said.

His father told police that he found his son in the bathroom, trying to clean his wound on his own, and that he brought him to the hospital, police said.

However, police later checked surveillance tapes at the recreation center and found nothing to indicate that the shooting happened there or that the boy had even been to the center that day.

A police spokesman said that given the amount of blood found in three rooms of the boy's house, and items police discovered that appeared to be used to try to clean up the home, the shooting may have taken place there.

A gun has not yet been recovered, and the case remains an open investigation, police said.



A man poured gasoline all over a woman in West Philadelphia yesterday morning but did not light her on fire, police said.

The inncident occurred about 9:45 a.m. on 75th Street near Brockton Road, during a domestic argument, police said.

The man fled the scene, and although his identity is known to police, he had not been arrested or publicly identified as of yesterday, police said.

The woman did not seek medical attention, according to authorities.

- Stephanie Farr