Police: 13-year-old shot after person opens fire on group of teenagers walking in North Philadelphia

Police say an investigation is underway after a 13-year-old was shot in North Philadelphia on Friday evening when someone opened fire on a group of teenagers. 

According to police, at least 10 shots were fired around 6:00 p.m. near 16th and Edgley Streets. 

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Investigators say a group of about six teens ages 13-18 years old were walking to a party when gunfire erupted. 

"It looks like from the scene we have here, they were being shot at.  [We’re] just not sure why they were targeted at this point," says Philadelphia Police Captain John Walker.

The 13-year-old victim suffered a gunshot wound to his buttocks.  Officers with the 22nd District arrived at the scene and drove the teen to Temple University Hospital. 

 Police say the boy is listed in stable condition and his parents are by his side.

The shooting happened just a few blocks away from Temple University's campus, where junior Casey Rizzo says he lives on the block and heard the sound of gunshots. 

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"There were about six or seven really loud shots - enough to, like, rattle me.  And within a couple of minutes I heard police sirens," says Rizzo.

The violence in the area has Rizzo concerned. "I keep my head down and I think it's something I've adapted to," he said. "There was a Temple student who got carjacked who I was personally friends with a few months back and it shook up so many people." 

No arrests have been made at this time, but police believe the shooter is also a teenager. 




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