Babysitter, 19, takes stray bullet to the head in Wynnefield Heights

A woman was shot and killed in the 1700 block of N. Abredeen in West Philadelphia on Tuesday. ( STEVEN M. FALK/ Staff Photographer )

A 19-year-old woman took a stray bullet to the head in Wynnefield Heights Tuesday night when police say a man running from two gunmen tried to get into a house where she was babysitting.

The woman collapsed just inside the doorway of the house, on Aberdeen Street near Parkside Avenue, and was pronounced dead there at 9:19 p.m., according to Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Lt. John Walker of the Southwest Detective Division gave this account of the shootout, which started just after 9 p.m.:

Two men, one wielding a 9mm handgun and the other with a .45-caliber weapon, were chasing a man south on Aberdeen Street, shooting at him. The man they were chasing ran onto the porch of a house in the middle of the block and attempted to get inside when the 19-year-old woman, who was babysitting seven children between the ages of one and 11 at the time, opened the door and unknowingly walked into the gunfire.

"It's always bad when innocent people get killed," Walker said at the scene. "Especially doing a good deed, watching kids ... and you end up taking a bullet."

The man targeted in the shooting was not injured, Walker said. He was in police custody late Tuesday night.

The two gunmen got away and may have taken off in a white vehicle, according to investigators.

Cops were looking into the possibility that this fatal shooting may be related to a shooting on the same block Sunday morning that left a man critically wounded. The victim in that shooting remains in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Walker said.