66-year-old man dead, teen injured near Philadelphia’s Lincoln High School
An investigation is ongoing after a deadly double shooting near a Philadelphia high school on Monday afternoon, according to reports.
Officials responded at about 3 p.m. for a shooting near the intersection of Rowland and Ryan Avenues, which is just outside Lincoln High School in the city’s Mayfair section.
Reports say the incident left an innocent 66-year-old man dead and a 16-year-old student from the nearby high school critically injured.
Detectives say two plainclothes officers were in an unmarked cruiser as the gunfire erupted and witnessed the incident unfold.
The officers say there was a group of teens outside of a pizza shop when a 21-year-old gunman showed up and opened fire.
“An altercation now turns into shooting, which now turns into a homicide because of something that could have been handled in a different way,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle said.
The 66-year-old man who was driving by the scene was shot in the head by a stray bullet, police say. He crashed his SUV off the road and was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.
After the shots were fired, the plainclothes officers got out of their vehicle and pulled their weapons.
Police say the 16-year-old was shot in the back of the head as he ran away. And collapsed on Ryan Avenue.
The teen was transported to the hospital and is in a critical condition.
According to neighbors, the past few weeks have been filled with violence.
“It’s been nothing but fighting, every day,” said Debbie Rue of Mayfair.
In addition to the gunman, police also arrested a second suspect.
The 21-year-old shooter’s gun was seen in the street after he was taken into custody.
Investigators have not identified the victims or the suspects involved in this incident.