A gunman opened fire near a busy Philadelphia transit hub on Wednesday, striking and injuring seven people, including a teen girl and two elderly men – one of whom was left critically wounded, local reports said.
The shooting unfolded at around 2:50 p.m. at Broad Street and Olney Avenue near the Olney Transportation Center, a SEPTA bus and subway station, NBC10 Philadelphia reported.
The victims were a 22-year-old man who was shot once in the back, a 21-year-old man and a 53-year-old man who were both shot once in the right leg, a 36-year-old woman who was shot in the right thigh, a 70-year-old man who was also hit in the right thigh, a 17-year-old girl was shot in the right arm and a 71-year-old man was shot once in the stomach and several times in both legs, according to the news outlet.
Six of the victims were taken to the Albert Einstein Medical Center, while a seventh victim was taken by police to Temple University Hospital, NBC10 Philadelphia reported.
The 71-year-old man was listed in critical condition, while the six other victims were in stable condition, the news site said.
Authorities recovered two guns from the scene and one person was taken into custody in connection to the shooting.
“This is happening far too often. It’s happening in broad daylight. And we need everyone to come together to help us solve these cases,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, who responded to the scene, according to the report.
Outlaw called the shooting “very brazen,” ABC News reported.
“We were able to get someone in custody as quickly as we did because we had officers out working on another assignment. It’s not for our lack of presence out here, but I think it’s very telling that folks willing to engage in these shootings are becoming more and more emboldened whether we’re here or not,” said Outlaw, according to ABC News.
Outlaw explained, “There could be multiple shooters, but we still don’t know. There were multiple casings found, 18 casings, and we’re still trying to determine if they all came from the same firearm.”