PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A toddler was shot multiple times in a West Philadelphia triple shooting that left two men dead. Police say a white SUV came up and started firing shots in broad daylight at two men standing alongside a black car parked in the middle of 55th Street on Saturday afternoon.
When police officers arrived, they found two adult men and a three-year-old, all suffering from gunshot wounds. The three-year-old was shot multiple times in the leg but is in stable condition. Both 23-year-old men were shot multiple times.READ MORE: Fourth Of July Weekend Weather: Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued For Most Of Philadelphia Region
They were taken to Presbyterian Hospital but later died from their injuries.
“The three-year-old suffered injuries to the leg, and he is in stable condition, expected to be released from the hospital,” Deputy Commissioner Ben Nash said. “He suffered non-life-threatening injuries. We are grateful that the three-year-old is not in worse shape than he is but nonetheless, it’s a devastating situation for any child to be a part of and a witness.”
Neighbors described the deadly drive-by shooting aimed at two men standing outside their parked car.
“It was broad daylight,” one said.
Another said it was, “just pop pop pop.”
CBS3 obtained exclusive surveillance video of the shooting. You can hear more than a dozen gunshots that sent people running and then cries for help from the victims.
“I’m shot, help,” one can be heard saying.
Seconds later, a white SUV speeds away from the scene. Police say the shooters were inside.READ MORE: West Philadelphia Shooting Leaves Man In Extremely Critical Condition, Police Say
“Two individuals got out of that white SUV both of them firing shots at two individuals striking them multiple times,” Nash said.
“When you have innocent children involved, that’s hard, that really hurts,” a neighbor said.
A neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, tells CBS3 one of the men killed was visiting his mother.
“He’s a real sweetheart, he really is,” the neighbor said. “Supposed to be Juneteenth, so much for that.”
A Marine veteran, who served two tours in Vietnam, is at a loss for the violence so close to home.
“Here, you don’t know who your enemy is anymore, I don’t walk the streets at night,” he said. “We have to dig deep within ourselves to ask ourselves what are we doing. I’m just scared that we’re doing that to each other out here.”
In a statement, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw also said, “We should never tolerate violence against our children, as all of us — not just the police — are charged with the responsibility to keep them safe from danger and harm.”
It’s not clear how the men are connected to the child.
So far, no arrests have been made but a weapon has been recovered.MORE NEWS: New England Patriots Tight End, Philadelphia Native Jonnu Smith Hosts Free Youth Football Camp In Germantown
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