A gunman openly carrying a shotgun fired on a block party along a West Philadelphia street Saturday night, in what authorities believe to be a random shooting.
Seven people, including a toddler and two other children were injured.
NBC Philadelphia reports, that the gunfire began around 10:00 p.m. along the 4100 block of Ogden Street as the gunman turned a corner onto the street and began firing on the picnic.
“It looks like they just randomly fired down the street and hit anyone in their way,” said Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker.
The gunman’s bullet grazed an 18-month-old girl on the side of her neck, said police.
Another bullet grazed an 11-year-old girl in the left knee and struck her right shoulder and hit a 13-year-old boy in the chest.
All three children were transported to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where they were listed in stable condition.
“It was just a terrible situation,” said Walker.
The other victims ranged between 22 to 46 years old. They were treated at a local hospital.
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A 26-year-old man was struck multiple times and his condition was unknown; another 26-year-old man was in stable after being struck in the side; a 22-year-old was in stable with gunshot wound to the arm; and a 46-year-old man was in stable condition with a gunshot wound to his leg, according to NBC Philadelphia.
There is no known suspect and the motivation is not clear at this time.
Open Carry in Texas presents a problem because police are not allowed to ask to see if the gun they are carrying is legal or not. Open Carry is legal in Pennsylvania, too.
A common talking point among gun nuts is, if a person is openly carrying then they aren’t likely to be a criminal because bad guys with guns conceal them. Seriously.
I know! Maybe if there were ‘more guns’ on the streets, the good guys with guns could have stopped him because no one is ever hurt in the crossfire.
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