SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - A 4-year-old girl is in the hospital after being shot in a drive-by shooting in Southwest Philadelphia. Police say the girl's father was the intended target.
Police the suspects were driving a red four-door vehicle and fired a bunch of shots, hitting the four-year old in the leg.
The little girl was taken to Children’s Hospital where she is recovering.
Police are checking surveillance cameras in the area to see if they can uncover anything that might help in the investigation.
“All you hear is pow pow pow pow pow!” a neighbor, Andre Wright, said.
Wright says he heard several gunshots fired outside of his home on the 5900 block of Springfield Avenue late Friday night, December 22.
Another neighbor, Lee Fisher, had this to say, “I was walking my dog and getting ready to bring him back here. That’s when the shooting occurred.”
Fisher took cover.
“When I got up after I heard the last shot, I called down there to see if anybody was hit and guy said yeah, his daughter was hit,” Fisher continued.
Police confirm a 4-year-old girl was hit in the leg by one of the flying bullets. It happened as her 24-year-old father was carrying her home from the car to their Kingsessing home. Police say the red vehicle pulled up and four men inside wearing hoodies opened fire.
Fisher said, “The guys turned around right where that truck is, made a “U-ie” and went back down there.”
A sign that it was a targeted shooting. Fisher says officers arrived within seconds. Police rushed the child to Children’s Hospital where she was stabilized.
“It’s horrible and it’s right before Christmas. It’s not right,” said neighbor Shavona Clark.
Clark says she was inside of her house with her 8 children when the shooting happened.
“I was just shocked and amazed that it happened, literally, in front of my door. It happened. Shots fired and they pulled off. I’ve never seen anything like that happen and I just moved out of North Philadelphia,” Clark stated.
A car parked in a handicap spot bore the brunt of the gunfire. Neighbors say the bullet-ridden Buick with its windows shot out belongs to a woman who is on oxygen and often relies on others for help. But, in the case of the shooting, she may have been a lifesaver.
“If it wasn’t for the parked vehicle in between shooters and sidewalk there could’ve been more damage,” said Captain Techner, of the Philadelphia Police Department.