Philadelphia school shooting leaves 7 injured, including a toddler

Philadelphia police are looking for at least three suspects after a shooting near a school on Thursday injured seven people, including a 2-year-old girl, her mother and five teenagers.

All of the victims, including the toddler and his 31-year-old mother, were near the James G. Blaine School just before 6 p.m. when the shooting broke out, the Philadelphia Police Department said in a news release.

A vehicle pulled up and three gunmen got out and began to open fire, NBC Philadelphia reported, citing police.

The 2-year-old girl was shot in the left thigh, while her mother was hit twice in the leg, police said in the statement.

At least four teenagers were injured, the youngest, a 13-year-old boy, having been shot in the left hand, police said in a statement. A 15-year-old boy was shot twice in the chest and in the right thigh. A 16-year-old boy was shot in the left arm, while another 16-year-old boy was shot in the right arm and left thigh. A 17-year-old boy was also scratched in the left thigh, according to NBC Philadelphia.

All seven victims were taken to hospital and were in stable condition Thursday night, according to the outlet.

Speaking to reporters, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said authorities don’t believe “all of the victims” were “intended targets,” NBC Philadelphia reported.

“There were people inside a vehicle, people on the sidewalk, when the shooters approached,” Outlaw said.

A potential motive was not immediately clear in the shooting and no arrests had been made.

Authorities released surveillance photos and a description of the three suspects.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact the Philadelphia Police Department.

Gemma Di Casimirro And Alec Hernandez contributed.


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