Elderly woman critically injured by stray bullet in Chester

An 82-year-old woman was critically injured by gunfire in Chester this afternoon when a stray bullet went through the window of her home, according to police.

The woman was in the living room of her home on Crozer Street near 21st when a bullet tore through her window and struck her in the upper torso, Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail Jr. said.

"She apparently was the victim of just random violence," he said.

Also injured in the shooting was a man in his 20s, whom police believe was the intended target. That man, who was shot in the head, was found outside of the elderly victim's house.

Both victims were rushed to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where they are listed in critical condition.

Bail said he didn't know if the male victim was armed when he was shot. Police have not released any information on a gunman, but the city is working with county detectives to solve the case, Bail said.

This terrible story reminds me of another I covered in Chester back in 2009. In that case, 49-year-old Kathy Ann Stewart, who was taking care of her sick mother, was killed by a stray bullet that tore through the walls of her mother's home in the William Penn Housing Development on Franklin Street near Union.

And I'll never forget the story of 2-year-old Terrence Webster, who was killed in Chester in 2010 by a bullet that was intended for his parents.

I'll also never forget attending Terrence's funeral. Caskets shouldn't have to be made that small and people -elderly or otherwise - shouldn't be worried about getting shot while sitting in their own homes. 

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