Philadelphia’s gun violence epidemic continues to have a devastating impact on the city’s youth – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Gun violence continues to have a devastating impact on the children of Philadelphia. On Monday, a 16-year-old boy was shot around the corner from his school, and grim new figures reveal that the bloodshed continues.

It’s one of the saddest things you can hear: children playing outside when gunshots ring out, forcing them to go from carefree to scared.

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A video obtained by Eyewitness News shows how gun violence impacts even the youngest in Philadelphia.

“That sounded like weapons, I don’t want to die. We’ll go down,” a boy is heard saying in the video.

While the children were uninjured in the incident, that is not always the case.

“Several shots were fired at the young man, hitting him seven times, five of them in the stomach,” Philadelphia Police Capt. John Walker said.

On Monday, police say a 16-year-old boy was placed in critical condition after a drive-by shooting at a shopping complex on 52nd Street in West Philly.

“100% on target right now, no question,” Walker said. “We’re not quite sure why, but there’s no question this boy was targeted and obviously the number of shots he’s been shot at is concerning.”

The teen, a student at KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy, left early.

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Eyewitness video shows a woman kneeling on him.

“It’s nothing new,” witness Jamal Friend said. “Sad to say, it’s something that we, you know, adapt to.”

Twenty-four hours before this shooting, Philadelphia police say a 14-year-old boy was shot on Vine Street.

Teenagers are among the 774 shooting victims so far this year: 8% of them are under the age of 18.

“It’s disgusting, I guess I’m tired of seeing it,” Friend said.

Police say the vehicle in which the 16-year-old was shot is a black Toyota Matrix that was stolen early Monday morning.

Anyone with information about any of these crimes is asked to contact the police.

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