Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Mom with two tots, another woman shot in S. Philly

A young mother who had an infant strapped to her chest and a toddler nestled in a stroller in front of her was shot in the shoulder on a busy South Philadelphia street corner today.

Mom with two tots, another woman shot in S. Philly

It could have been worse. Much worse.
A young mother who had an infant strapped to her chest and a toddler nestled in a stroller in front of her was shot in the shoulder on a busy South Philadelphia street corner today.
Another woman, who was standing a few feet away, had a bullet graze the back of her head, police said.
Neither was seriously injured. Clearly, though, they had been inches, maybe centimeters, away from something far more tragic.
“It was a miracle,” an investigator said last night. “Absolutely a miracle.”
Divine luck aside, here’s what was known for certain: Both women were shot next to the Sun King House take-out store at 20th Street and Snyder Avenue about 4 p.m., said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.
The shooting unfolded in a neighborhood that’s long been accustomed to the sound of random gunfire interrupting otherwise quiet afternoons.
The mother, a 27-year-old woman whose name was not released, was struck by a slug in her right shoulder.
Her 2-month-old boy, who was snuggled in a baby carrier on her chest, was not harmed, nor was her little girl, who was in a stroller, Vanore said.
The other victim, a 24-year-old woman whose name was not released, had a bullet scream by the back of her head.
Both women, Vanore said, were admitted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
The gunman drove up in a green car, got out and fired four shots as he stood at 20th and Mercy streets, half a block north of where the women were standing. The shooter got back in the car and sped off.
The motive was unknown. Whether either woman was an intended target was also unclear, Vanore said.
Several residents appeared weary at the mere mention of the shooting.
“People have to live their lives in fear around here,” said Darryl Hollis, 54, who leaned against a railing on 20th Street as he stared at the crime scene.
“Bullets don’t have no names on them. Anyone can get shot,” he said. “The people shooting at each other, they have no concern for other people.”
On nearby Mercy Street, a woman sweeping the pavement in front of her house, who asked not to be named, sighed when asked about the shooting.
“The cops are here all the time. It doesn’t faze us any more,” she said. “I’ll be watching over my shoulder if I go up that way.”

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