Block party shooting: Philly Block Party Shooting

Published: June 22, 2015

Block party shooting: Philly Block Party Shooting, Police are searching for two suspects after a shooting at a West Philadelphia block party injured ten people, including two children and an 18-month-old baby.

It happened shortly before 10:00 p.m. Saturday in the 4100 block of Ogden Street where a group of people were gathered for a block party.

Neighbors were cleaning up when police say two men opened fired from down the block.

Detectives believe the shooting stemmed from a fight a week ago and that the shooter and an accomplice waited until it was dark to retaliate.

“They arrived at the corner of 41st and Ogden, they fired the first shot from intersection they then come about 10 yards east and fired a second shot,” said Lt. Johnnie Walker, Philadelphia Police.

Pellets sprayed the crowd of about 50 people, injuring 10 of them.

Six adults, ranging in age from 22 to 59, were hit along with a 18-month-old girl, and two boys, ages 11 and 12.

Police believe the two suspects fled on foot.

All of the injured were taken to local hospitals.

By Sunday, eight of the victims, including the three children, were released from the hospital. Two adults were still listed in stable condition at Penn Presbyterian Hospital.

The shotgun pellets used in the shooting are meant to be used by hunters.

“The bird shot has 9 to 11 pellets inside the cartridge. The dangerous thing with that is that it spreads and that’s why we had so many victims here,” said Lt. Walker.

On Sunday afternoon, many of the victims returned to the neighborhood where marked patrol cars were spotted in the area of the shooting.

Police are urging witnesses to call them with information, reminding people how close of a call this was for the youngest victim.

“Thank God it hits her in the neck and takes a graze off her neck – that pellet as small as it was could have killed that child because of a fight,” said Lt. Walker.

Neighbors say there have been multiple shootings in the area recently. Police do not believe they are related.

Investigators say it’s unclear if the indented target was among those hit.

Police are still searching for the suspects.

The first suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, with a light complexion, a neck beard, and tattoos on one arm, wearing a yellow t-shirt and blue jeans.

The second suspect is described as a black male, dark complexion, wearing dark blue jeans and a black shirt.

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