PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was a terrifying night for a Philadelphia family on Thursday. A mother and child were shot dead as they lay in bed in the city’s Harrowgate area.
Now the police are trying to track down the person who pulled the trigger.
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According to the police, at least 21 shots were fired at this house. And inside that house at the time was a mother and her son.
Police said they were relaxing in bed when they were hit by the same bullet. Fortunately, they are both in stable condition Friday morning.
The gunfire broke out on the 1800 block of East Venango Street around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Police say a mother and her son were lying in bed on the first floor of the home when a silver sedan pulled up and pulled up just outside the property.
According to the police, people in this car then opened fire. The 28-year-old mother was shot in the leg and taken to Temple University Hospital. Her 5-year-old son was grazed on the arm and taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital.
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They are both in stable condition, but it is clear that this family is extremely lucky to be alive.
Meanwhile, police continue to investigate and investigators have located vital surveillance video that captured the shooting.
“Multiple cameras, private cameras, recorded the incident, which police saw,” Chief Inspector Scott Small said. “You can clearly see a silver sedan driving east on 1800 Venango, it stops as it pulls up in front of this property and fires we know 21 shots from the rear passenger side door and the windows of the passenger side front door.And although 21 shots were fired, only one bullet passed through the window frame, hitting the mother and 28-year-old son.
The neighboring house was hit by gunfire. Adults and children were in this house at the time.
But luckily no one else was hurt.
So far, police have not identified a motive and there have been no arrests.
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