Philadelphia Drive-By Shooting: 3 injured after bullets pierce mini-mart in West Kensington

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Three people were injured after a drive-by shooting sent bullets into a convenience store in the West Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.

It happened just before 2 a.m. Tuesday at the 2500 block of Kensington Avenue.

Responding police and paramedics found a 34-year-old man outside the Awaas Mini Mart. He sustained two gunshot wounds to the thigh.

Police said he was an employee at the store who was talking to customers outside when the shots rang out.

The employee was taken to Temple University Hospital in stable condition.

As police investigated, they were told that two other shooting victims had arrived at the Episcopal Hospital.

A 25-year-old man was shot in the hand and leg. Police said two bullets went through the store’s metal grille, which was lowered at the time, and struck the man as he was playing a slot machine indoors.

“So we know he was hit by stray shots because you couldn’t even see him because the metal grille ripped off when the bullets went through,” said Scott Small, chief inspector of the Philadelphia Police Department.

A 49-year-old homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk was once shot in the leg. Small said they weren’t sure if he was the intended target.

The entire incident was captured by the store’s outdoor security cameras.

At least five shots were fired from a light-colored four-door sedan, police said. The vehicle had heavily tinted windows.

Small said it appeared the shooter fired from the back driver’s seat.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police.

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