14-year-old boy in critical condition after shooting in North Philadelphia, police say

Police say a 14-year-old boy is in critical condition after being shot in North Philadelphia.

It happened on the 2100 block of North 18th Street around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday.

According to police, the teen was shot once in the chest and twice in the arm. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he is fighting for his life.

Neighbors and community members are shaken by the gunfire just steps away from their front doors.

One neighbor was seen cleaning up the rest of the bloodshed leftover on the sidewalk. She asked us to remain anonymous.

"I just wanted to kind of just clean up the sidewalk because I was thinking of the other families and the people that were just walking and what they might be feeling seeing that," said the neighbor.

Others say this is just one more traumatic event for a neighborhood plagued by gun violence.

 "These children are innocent still or they were. The thing is we don’t have a safe haven for them especially at that time of night and the streets become their playground," said Activist Colwin Williams with Philadelphia Cure Violence. "The effect that this has is beyond the victim themselves, it’s the family members, the mothers, the fathers, the sisters, the brothers, it’s horrific," said Williams.

Police have not released further information on suspects.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 




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