Eight Philadelphia High School Students Injured in Fourth Shooting on City Bus in Four Days

PHILADELPHIA — In a disturbing escalation of violence, eight high school students in Philadelphia were wounded in a shooting on Wednesday, marking the fourth shooting incident on the city’s transit system in just four days. The previous three shootings resulted in fatalities, raising concerns about public safety and the need for immediate action.

According to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel, the incident occurred around 3 p.m. when three suspects jumped out of a car and opened fire on a group of Northeast High School students waiting at a bus stop. More than 30 shots were fired, leaving one 16-year-old student critically wounded after being struck nine times. The remaining students sustained injuries but were in stable condition.

The injured teens were swiftly transported to Einstein Medical Center and Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, as authorities launched an investigation into the incident. Two buses, a Route 18 bus and a Route 67 bus, were also hit by gunfire, fortunately without any reported injuries to passengers or the driver.

Northeast High School, the largest public high school in Philadelphia with over 3,000 students, is located over a mile away from the shooting scene. The nearby Crossan Elementary, which was dismissing students at the time, promptly implemented a lockdown as a precautionary measure. The lockdown was later lifted after receiving clearance from the police.

Mayor Cherelle Parker, accompanied by the city’s police commissioner, prosecutor, and school superintendent, expressed her determination to ensure the safety of the city’s residents. She emphasized that the authorities would utilize every legal tool available to combat the rising gun violence and protect the public’s well-being.

Superintendent Tony Watlington Sr. echoed the mayor’s sentiments, expressing deep sorrow and anger over the incident. He emphasized the need to address the issue of innocent children being impacted by gun violence, stating that “enough is enough.”

Residents in the neighborhood where the shooting occurred expressed their concerns about the increasing insecurity in recent years. Some have even begun the process of moving due to previous incidents. However, others, like Brenda Keith, refuse to let the shootings dictate their lives, acknowledging that this is a problem faced by many cities.

This shooting follows a series of incidents on the transit system, with each day bringing more violence. On Tuesday, a verbal argument escalated into a physical fight, resulting in the death of 37-year-old Carmelo Drayton. The previous day, a 17-year-old student was killed, and four others were injured at a bus stop. On Sunday, a 27-year-old man was fatally shot moments after disembarking from a bus following an argument.

No arrests have been made in any of the shootings, leaving the community on edge. Charles Lawson, SEPTA’s chief of transit police, pledged to aggressively enforce the law and target illegal gun possession. Increased monitoring of security cameras and the implementation of discreet reporting mechanisms for employees are also being considered.

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1 Response

  1. This is truly a concerning situation. It reminds me of a similar incident that occurred in my city a few years ago. In a small town, there was a series of shootings that took place near a local high school. It started with a dispute between two rival groups of students, which quickly escalated into a violent confrontation.

    The first incident happened outside the school premises, where two students from different groups got into a heated argument that turned physical. One of them pulled out a gun and fired shots, injuring

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