8 Teens Wounded by Gunfire at Philadelphia Bus Stop

Police are searching for a masked gunman who opened fire at a SEPTA bus stop in Philadelphia, wounding eight teenagers. Police say three individuals from a parked car fired over 30 rounds toward students boarding a bus around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

PHILADELPHIA—Police say eight Philadelphia high school students waiting to board a city bus after classes Wednesday were wounded by gunshots from suspects who jumped from a car and opened fire, the fourth shooting on the transit system in as many days.

The previous three shootings each involved a fatality. Those wounded at the bus stop included a 16-year-old who was hit nine times and was in critical condition, Kevin Bethel, the city’s police commissioner, said at a news conference. Police said later that a second victim was also in critical condition. The others were said to be in stable condition.

Bethel said the Northeast High School students, ranging in age from 15 to 17, were waiting for the bus around 3 p.m. when three people emerged from the car, which was waiting at the scene, and fired more than 30 shots. Police said the attackers were masked and the car was a dark blue Hyundai Sonata.

Police then received numerous 911 calls about a “mass shooting on the highway near Dunkin’ Donuts,” in northeast Philadelphia, according to police spokesperson Tanya Little.

The injured teens were taken to Einstein Medical Center and Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, according to John Golden, a spokesperson for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, or SEPTA. Two buses — a Route 18 bus and a Route 67 bus — were hit by gunfire, but there were no reports of injuries to passengers or the driver.

Northeast High School is more than a mile from where the shooting took place and the largest public high school in the city, with more than 3,000 students.

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