One man was dead and another wounded after police said the two engaged in an apparent shootout in broad daylight on a Fairhill block Wednesday, prompting a school lockdown.
The alleged gun battle happened at Cambria and American streets around 1 p.m., according to police. A 30-year-old man was shot twice in the back and taken to Temple University Hospital by medics. He was pronounced dead there at 1:40 p.m.
The second gunshot victim, a 22-year-old man, suffered three gunshot wounds to the arm and one to the back, police said. He was in stable condition at Temple Hospital later Wednesday. Police said investigators recovered two guns at the shooting scene and that based on preliminary investigation, they believe the younger man shot the older man to death, possibly when the two exchanged gunfire.
During the mayhem of the shooting, a pedestrian was hit by a car, police said. That person was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital to be treated for a possible leg injury, but was expected to be OK.
The shooting happened just outside Pan American Academy Charter School as some students were being dismissed, an official confirmed. The school was locked down for about an hour in the wake of the shooting, and students who were not picked up by their parents were kept indoors until the lockdown was lifted. A school official said numerous students who were on buses outside the school at the time of the shooting were brought back inside until the area was deemed safe.
The shooting comes on the heels of a street fight that sparked a shooting in the after-school hours on Old York Road near Somerville Avenue, in Logan, on Monday, leaving a 15-year-old high-school sophomore -- an innocent bystander to the fight -- dead.