After School Lets Out Early, 4 Injured in Drive-by Shooting

Philadelphia students hospitalized in stable condition
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 23, 2022 2:53 PM CST
After School Lets Out Early, 4 Injured in Drive-by Shooting
A window is shattered at the Beauty Lounge after a shooting in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022.   (Monica Herndon/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Four students were injured in an apparent drive-by shooting shortly after their Philadelphia high school let out early for the day on Wednesday, a city schools spokesperson says. "One was shot in the shoulder, one was shot in the knee, and the two others have graze wounds," the district's deputy chief of communications, Monique Braxton, tells the AP. The shooting took place about a block from Overbrook High School in West Philadelphia, where school let out early because of parent-teacher conferences, Braxton says. She says the district's Office of School Safety told her the students were at a corner store when the shooting occurred.

"We don't know who was targeted, if any of the four of them were targeted," Braxton says. All four victims were taken for hospital treatment and parents were being notified early Wednesday afternoon. "This is outrageous, that young people would be shot shortly after being dismissed from their high school," Braxton says. Police say they are trying to determine whether it was a targeted attack, NBC Philadelphia reports. Officer Miguel Torres, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department, said that the shooting occurred around 11:30am. He said the victims were taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Lankenau Medical Center and all were in stable condition.

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