5 Student Athletes Shot At Football Scrimmage

Football Shooting

Five Philadelphia high school students were shot following a football scrimmage on Tuesday, police said.

Around 4:40 p.m., the shooting occurred behind Roxborough High School, according to the Philadelphia Police Department. Police said shots rang out after a scrimmage between Roxborough, Northeast High School and Boys Latin High School.

According to Deputy Police Commissioner John Stanford, two gunmen “ambushed” a group of Roxborough football players walking near the school after the scrimmage and shot five students.

“There’s one family that their son won’t make it home today,” he said.

According to preliminary information from authorities, responding officers found two 14-year-olds, a 17-year-old, and another victim suffering from gunshot wounds.

Temple University Hospital and Einstein Medical Center treated the victims. Police said one of the 14-year-olds died. An additional student was treated at the scene for a graze wound.

“I am absolutely outraged, I’m shocked. Quite frankly, I’m a little shaken,” Philadelphia County District Attorney Larry Krasner said. “Schools are supposed to be the answer, they’re supposed to be the answer; we keep kids in schools so they don’t get involved in shooting.”

There have been no arrests. At least two shooters were sought by authorities.

“Schools used to be a safe haven for our young people,” special adviser on school safety Kevin Bethel told reporters. “To see that now our young people can’t even come to a scrimmage game and be shot is totally unacceptable.”

The suspects fled on foot from the scene. According to police, investigators will examine video footage from nearby cameras.

According to police data, the city had recorded 400 killings by Monday. The same period last year saw 404 homicides in Philadelphia.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. 5 Students Shot, 1 Killed, at Roxborough High School Football Scrimmage  NBC 10 Philadelphia
  2. Police give update on 5 football players shot outside Roxborough High School; 1 dead, 4 hurt  6abc Philadelphia
  3. Philadelphia high school student dead, 4 others injured in shooting after football scrimmage  Fox News
  4. Philadelphia shooting: Gunmen ambushes football players near Roxborough High School; 1 dead, 4 hurt  WPVI-TV
  5. 5 students shot outside Roxborough High School  CBS Philly
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