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1 Dead After Shooting Near Peace Concert In Philadelphia

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By Jim Melwert, Syma Chowdhry

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed outside the Dell Music Center Wednesday night while an anti-violence concert was going on inside.

The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. in the front parking lot, not far from the entrance to the Dell Music Center at Ridge Avenue and West Huntingdon Street.

The 20-year-old victim was shot twice — once in the stomach and once in the leg. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died around 2:15 Thursday morning.

Police commissioner Charles Ramsey says police are all too familiar with actions like this from street thugs:

“This is what they do, and they don’t care if it’s at a peace rally, in church. They could care less.”

Philadelphia police chief inspector Scott Small says it appears the victim was shot at close range by a high caliber hand gun, about 50-feet from the front gates of the music venue.

While the shooting happened outside the venue, inside there was an event called “Philly Support Philly: Peace on the Streets.”

“The concert ended about 40 minutes after the shooting took place,” Small says. “We’re not certain if the 20-year-old victim was going to or coming from the concert at the time he was shot.”

Small says there were about 600 people attending the concert.

There are no suspects at this time, but the entire shooting was caught on the music center’s security cameras. Police believe the shooter was a teenager who left the scene in a white Chevy Impala.

 

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