Philadelphia shooting: 14-year-old, 16-year-old shot in Kingsessing

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Two teenagers were injured after gunshots rang out in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Philadelphia.

It happened around 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the corner of 54th Street and Willows Street.

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the head, police said. He was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where he is in critical condition.

A 14-year-old boy was once shot in the side of his body. He was taken to Philadelphia Children’s Hospital and is in critical but stable condition.

The police are now looking for two suspects.

Seventh grader Delianny Rodriguez lives nearby and is smarter than most, having heard one shooting too many times for someone her age.

“I was afraid. I felt like one day the same thing would happen to me because you never know when to leave,” she said.

According to police, the shooters fled the scene in a vehicle.

“The shooters were clearly in a car. We believe they got out, fired, and returned to the car and fled the scene,” said Philadelphia Police Captain John Walker.

Police say they don’t know if the boys were attacked or caught in the crossfire.

“Parents of these kids need to have tougher conversations about what a gun is and what a gun means. And when you fire these guns, there are devastating results, and not just physical devastation, but psychological ones as well. It’s also the community.

Police say the suspects were last seen in a white vehicle with tinted windows.

The motive for the shooting is still under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the police at 215-686-TIPS.

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