Teen shot during after school brawl

A student at West Philadelphia High School was shot in his forearm during a large fight outside the school Thursday around 4:20 p.m.

Police watched surveillance footage of the incident, which showed a crowd of between 40 and 50 teens — most in their school uniforms — fighting on 51st street near Walnut after classes were dismissed, Lt. John Walker, of the Southwest Detective Division said.

It was unclear who fired the shot, or what circumstances led up to the fight, he said.

The 15-year-old boy was taken by his mother to Mercy Hospital, and was later transferred to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Walker said the boy was listed in stable condition as of 9 p.m.

Police said the boy was initially not cooperating with police who tried interviewing him, but became more helpful later Thursday evening.  

No arrests were made.

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