PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police say a 2-year-old girl was killed in a triple shooting in Philadelphia’s Kensington section Sunday afternoon. The shooting happened on the 3300 block of Water Street just after 3:30 p.m.
According to police, an unidentified gunman was outside and shooting into the home, striking three people. Police say the home was targeted.
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is about three blocks away from where the two-year-old was shot in the back of her head. But police say the little girl didn’t have a chance to even get there before she died. https://t.co/ndM2HLwoj4
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Police say a 2-year-old girl was shot once in the back of the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Evelyn Torres is the girl’s aunt.
“I can’t even process what’s happening,” Torres said.
The child’s 24-year-old mother was shot once in the right side of the head and once in the back. She is in stable condition.
A 33-year-old man doing renovation work inside the home was shot once in the stomach. He is in critical condition.
“It’s heartbreaking. Any crime or anybody shot is a horrible thing, but when people indiscriminately shoot and kill babies or shoot babies, it’s unexplainable,” Acting Philadelphia Police Commissioner Christine Coulter said. “I can’t imagine someone thinking at any time to fire a gun, but to do it with the thought that there are or could be children involved, it breaks my heart.
No arrests have been made.
The shooting comes a day after an 11-month-old baby was critically injured in a shooting in the city’s Hunting Park section. A $5,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney released a statement Sunday night about the two shootings.
“I am outraged, disgusted, and heartbroken by the violence this weekend that claimed the life of an innocent 2-year-old and left another infant fighting for his life. My prayers are with their families and communities during this tragic time.
“Philadelphians should not live in fear of violence that could take away a child’s life, but for too many this is a sad reality. With the flow of illegal guns and drugs unabated, we must do whatever we can locally to help address this issue. Our administration will have teams in the neighborhoods impacted by this weekend’s violence to provide the resources available, specifically trauma-informed care, and the Police Department is conducting a full investigation and will have whatever resources they need to bring these perpetrators to justice.
“I urge the public to come forward and report any information they have about these and other instances of violence. The anonymous tip line is 215-686-TIPS.
“This is not who we are, this is not what defines our city, and we must work together to create a safer city for us all.”
CBS3’s Matt Petrillo contributed to this report.