'Scary': 100 people on street as shooting erupts near Temple University campus, police say

Tragedy could have unfolded less than a mile from Temple University when police say shots were fired on a crowded street early Saturday morning.

Police on "nightlife detail" responded to the 1600 block of Cecil B. Moore when they reportedly heard several gunshots in the area around 12:30 a.m. during the university's Homecoming Weekend.

They found a 22-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the foot. He was transported to a local hospital, where a 37-year-old victim reportedly walked in with a shot in the arm. Both victims were placed in stable condition. Police say they were not students.

Police say this shooting was "scary," because about 100 people were on the street as shots rang out. However, no other injuries were reported, and they do not believe any students were struck.


An offender was quickly identified through video surveillance, and apprehended, according to police. A firearm was also recovered.

Nine spent shell casing were found at the scene, where a vehicle and two buildings were struck by gunfire.

This shooting comes just a day after a shootout erupted in a McDonald's parking lot near the university's campus, and the new president attempted to address questions regarding student safety. Jason Wingard, addressed the violence saying, "Our campus is doing everything we can. We’re really proud of the Temple University Police force that we have here."

The day after the shooting a bodega on the corner now has a bullet hole in its door and a nearby car was shot several times.

Business owners are fed up and the students are apprehensively trying to enjoy Homecoming weekend.

Prince Pulido, a student at Temple, said his experience at the university has been mediocre because of the violence.

"My mother actually gave me the news this morning," said Pulido. "She actually didn’t even want me going to the game today. Certain things like that effect everyone’s schedule. I had to fight with my parents just to go the game and I’m just trying to have a good time."

An investigation is active as police continue to survey surveillance footage in the area.