Police: 16-year-old critical following triple shooting in West Philadelphia

A 16-year-old boy is fighting for his life following a triple shooting Saturday afternoon in West Philadelphia, according to police.

Officers patrolling Philadelphia's 18th district responded to reports of gunfire on the 6000 block of Walton Avenue around 12:30 p.m. 

Police transported a 16-year-old boy to Penn Presbyterian Hospital with several gunshot wounds to the torso. He is in critical condition.

Another 16-year-old victim was also taken to Penn Presbyterian with a gunshot wound to the right hip and is expected to recover. An 18-year-old man is reportedly stable after being shot in the back.

Investigators believe the triple shooting is connected to a cluster of gun violence Saturday in West Philadelphia. A 24-year-old man was shot in the shoulder near 59th and Market Streets just before 11 p.m. and a 40-year-old man was shot in the neck on South 55th Street. Both men are expected to recover.


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