PHILADELPHIA - Authorities say three people are dead and another was hurt in a Philadelphia quadruple shooting where at least 50 shots were fired.
Officers from the Philadelphia Police Department were called to the intersection of Rowland and Guilford streets just before 10 p.m. for reports of a shooting.
Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters that two victims, an 18-year-old and 19-year-old, were found dead in the road with multiple gunshot wounds.
Another victim ran into a nearby residence with gunshot wounds to the hand and torso, according to Small. The 28-year-old was taken by police to Jefferson-Torresdale Hospital where he remains in critical condition.
A fourth shooting victim, a 24-year-old man, showed up to Nazareth Hospital where police say he died.
Investigators believe all four men were returning from shopping at a local mall when at least one gunman opened fire. Police found 50 spent shell casings at the scene of the shooting, many of them near the two victims.
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Family members showed up to the scene of the shooting, openly grieving as they were approached by officers. Many loved ones scanned the scene, picking up scattered items dropped by the victims.
Longtime Mayfair resident, Michael Williams said he told his 12-year-old son of the deadly killings the next day.
"I told him this morning what had happened, and he said, ‘Dad, sooner or later, it’s going to be one of us.' I said, ‘Don’t say that, I hope not.' His next question was, ‘When are we moving?'"
On Tuesday, police returned to the Mayfair neighborhood to offer anti-violence resources to residents who are shaken by the killings.
Wili Smith, the leader of a Philadelphia anti-drug and anti-violence network, says he is left questioning if his efforts in the community even mattered.
"When you are doing all the hard work, constantly coming out here dealing with kids, mediators, letting them know of our resources, and the something like this happens," Smith said.
Investigators believe a relative of one of the victims was killed in an earlier shooting, marking the brutal violence that the city has opened the new year with.
Police say they have not made any arrests, and they are asking anyone with information to contact them.