PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Fortunately a 16-year-old victim is already home Thursday morning after being released from St. Christopher’s Hospital several hours ago.
But her family says this could have been tragic, and the teen could have been killed.READ MORE: Temple University Student Samuel Sean Collington Killed In Off-Campus Shooting In North Philadelphia
The same goes for the teen’s four-year-old cousin, who was standing right beside her.
Family and friends are seeking justice Thursday morning after a 16-year-old was shot and injured in Juniata overnight.
The family says she was a victim of violent crime she had nothing to do with.
The shooting happened just before 11 p.m. last night at the intersection of O and Lycoming Streets.
Family tells Eyewitness News the teenager was just walking home with her aunt and her four-year-old cousin at the time, when she saw a group of guys doing drugs, one of them holding a gun.
Scared, she grabbed the four-year-old and ran.
According to the victim’s friend, who chose not to be identified, the victim then ran to a nearby house and called police.READ MORE: Shooting In Southwest Philadelphia Leaves 4 Men Injured, Police Say
East Detectives are now investigating. As they processed the scene, a 23-year-old man showed up at a hospital shot in the chest.
He was later transferred to Aria Torresdale in critical condition. Police say he may have been the intended target of this shooting.
This is the third time this week a teenager was hit by a stray bullet in Philadelphia.
A 16-year-old was killed in grays ferry, and a 13-year-old was injured late Tuesday night in Hunting Park.
“Enough is enough,” says the victim’s family.
It is unclear at the time if the 23-year-old man will survive.
Meantime, police have no motive for the shooting, and they have no good description of a suspect.MORE NEWS: 'The Whole World Is Going To See It': Art From Nebinger Elementary Students To Be Featured On National Christmas Tree
They are reviewing surveillance video in this area and interviewing witnesses.