PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Over the weekend, nearly two dozen people were shot in Philadelphia and two of those victims were children. Police say one of 22 people who were shot between Saturday and Sunday died.
The two children are listed in stable condition.
“It’s like you can’t go outside and play, you can’t sit on your steps,” Philadelphia Anti-Violence Network member James Hopkins said. “It’s getting really sad and depressing.”
One child suffered a graze wound to the back in a triple shooting on the 1500 block of Napa Street in the city’s Gray’s Ferry neighborhood Sunday night.
He was transported to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he is recovering.
“Most of the time the people they’re shooting at don’t even get shot,” Philadelphia resident Roy Clark said. “It’s the innocent bystander and it’s babies and it’s killing our community. It’s killing us.”
Another child was shot on Saturday night in Olney. Police say the 11-year-old was walking down the 6000 block of A Street, near the Olney Recreation Center.
He suffered graze wounds to the shoulder and back of his head. The boy was transported to Saint Christopher’s Hospital in stable condition.
“This gun thing is a whole different ball game,” Philadelphia resident Nannette Carter said. “I don’t know how the commissioner is going to address that, because where are they all coming from for these guys to readily have them? I don’t know.”
Over the weekend, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said the department was steadfast in holding criminals accountable.
As for the gun violence, the number of homicides in Philadelphia is now at 256. That’s up 29% over August of 2019.
According to statistics released by Philadelphia police, there were 77 shootings last week and one homicide.
It’s also the highest number going back to 2007.