PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A pregnant woman is fighting for her life after she was shot in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood. Police believe she is yet another innocent person hit by a stray bullet when two groups of people started shooting at each other.
Surveillance video obtained by Eyewitness News shows the moment gunfire erupted just after 10 p.m. Tuesday on the 1900 block of East Somerset Street. Officers can be seen helping the shot 28-year-old woman off the sidewalk and into their cruiser.
“She was shot one time in the neck, at least one time. She was bleeding heavily,” Philadelphia Police Chief Insp. Scott Small said.
She was rushed to Temple University Hospital where she is in critical condition.
At the scene, investigators found at least eight spent shell casings and weapons.
“We found two semi-automatic handguns on the scene – one was in a bag on the sidewalk, another one was on the back seat of a parked unattended vehicle right next to the scene,” Small said.
Meantime, police also witnessed a vehicle fleeing the scene. Officers pursued and pulled that vehicle over at Allegheny and Aramingo Avenues.
Two men were inside and police believe one of those men is the shooter because investigators have already located an eyewitness.
“That witness positively identified those two males as being on the scene. One of them as the shooter so we believe we have the shooter in custody at this time, along with another male that was with him,” Small said.
East detectives are now leading the investigation.
There are real-time crime cameras at the scene that caught at least some of this shooting.
According to the city controller’s office, more than 1,400 people have been shot this year and the city is on target for the most homicides since 1997 if the trend continues.
So this week, the office launched a map locating those shootings with the goal of pinpointing resources and improving gun violence reduction strategies.
Neighbors in Kensington though are still reeling after witnessing what happened on this street corner.
No word yet on what started that violence to begin with
For a list of gun violence resources in Philadelphia, click here.