Suspects in the Philadelphia Mass Shooting That Injured 8 Students at a Bus Stop Are Seen on Camera

Philadelphia police released video footage of a group of suspects sought in connection with a mass shooting at a SEPTA bus stop in the Burholme neighborhood of the city Wednesday afternoon, which injured eight students.

Around 3 p.m., a shooting erupted at Rising Sun and Cottman Avenues, where Northeast High School students were waiting for their bus.

The video shows three individuals exiting a dark blue 2019 Hyundai Sonata and opening fire on the group at the bus stop.

According to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel, eight students aged 15 to 17 were shot.

“At some point when the bus is pulling up and the kids are converging to get on the bus, three individuals exit that vehicle and then discharges multiple times,” Bethel added.

Police report that a 16-year-old boy was shot nine times. He was transported to a hospital in severe condition.

Seven other victims were shot and wounded, including two 15-year-olds, four 16-year-olds, and a 17-year-old. Six of the casualties are in stable condition, while the seventh is described as critical but stable, according to authorities.

Suspects in the Philadelphia Mass Shooting That Injured 8 Students at a Bus Stop Are Seen on Camera

Bethel reports that about 30 rounds were fired at the scene.

Police said the suspects were last seen driving across the Tookany Creek Bridge toward Cheltenham Township. The Hyundai Sonata has dark-tinted windows and a missing “H” symbol on the front.

One woman who works at the adjacent Quaker Diner heard the gunshots and came out to assist the victims. She reported witnessing several wounded youngsters.

“These children are dying every day out here, somebody’s got to do something. This doesn’t happen in this neighborhood,” she explained.

Dave Carter, who works nearby, immediately stopped work when he heard the rapid gunfire.

“Fatherly instinct, military instinct kicked in so – it was aid and assist. I ran out to the scene and saw a whole bunch of kids [lying] on the ground,” he said.

According to SEPTA, gunfire near the area struck a Route 18 bus and a Route 67 bus. The Action Cam was located near the Frankford Transportation Center, where one of the affected buses had been roped off by police.

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According to SEPTA, there have been no complaints of passenger or personnel injuries.

According to Philadelphia School District Superintendent Tony Watlington, crisis counselors will be available at the school on Thursday to assist any pupils affected by this tragedy.

“We are just absolutely heartbroken and angry that innocent children walking away from school will be impacted by gun violence,” Watlington said in a statement.

Northeast High School will follow a virtual schedule until the end of the week. This is the fourth gunshot in less than a week on a SEPTA bus.

Sawee Kofa, 27, was shot and died after an argument on a SEPTA bus in Philadelphia’s Oxford Circle area on Sunday. A kid was killed and four others injured Monday when gunshots erupted at a bus stop in the city’s Ogontz area.

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Officials identified the teen as Dayemen Taylor, who attended Imhotep Institute Charter High School. On Tuesday night, police say a man was shot and murdered while riding a Route 79 bus in South Philadelphia.

Over the last two days, 11 pupils have been shot, according to Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker. Commissioner Bethel stated that police are examining if Wednesday’s gunshot is connected to Taylor’s murder.

As a result of the recent violence, Commissioner Bethel expects a large increase in resources.

“I want parents and families to know that we’re going to be along our corridors across the entire city of Philadelphia until we can figure out exactly what’s going on,” he was quoted as saying.

Mayor Parker stated at a news conference following the shooting, “Enough is enough.”

“This is what’s extremely important to me as mayor of the city — that the people of the city know that we will not be held hostage, that we will use every legal tool in the toolbox to ensure the public health and safety of the people of our city,” Parker said in a statement.

The city’s top cop is urging parents to check on their youngsters.

“I asked every parent today, go in those rooms and look under those tables and in those closets and get those guns out of the house,” Bethel added.

Anyone with information on these recent shootings is encouraged to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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