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May 12, 2018

Two Friday shootings leave four teenagers with injuries, one death

The incidents all occurred after 11 p.m. on Friday

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Police lights arrests crime Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Kristen Oswald, of Royersford, Montgomery County, died during an Ironman triathlon in Ohio on Sunday after being struck by a commercial truck struck while she was cycling on the course. 

Five teenagers were shot during two separate altercations on Friday in Philadelphia, leaving two young men in critical condition and the death of a 17-year-old girl.

Just before 11 p.m. on Friday, police said two men opened fire in West Philadelphia, but it’s still unclear who the intended targets were. The incident occurred on the 300 block of Carlton Street and North Simpson Street.

The gunman fired at least 22 shots, CBS reported. Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker said the teenage girl was hit in the neck, leg and back as she was standing in front of her home with a friend, who is also in critical condition at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Police said the girl was just an innocent bystander.

“We believe they ran back through that breezeway at the alleyway,” Walker said of the shooters. “We’re asking for the public’s help. We have a young girl here who, unfortunately, she got caught in the crossfire. She’s now dead at the age of 17.”

No arrests have been made in this case.

A separate incident on Friday involving a 16-year-old and a 19-year-old in Northeast Philadelphia occured around 11:50 p.m. The teens were shot on the 1900 block of Cottman Avenue in the Castor Gardens section of Northeast Philadelphia.

Both men were taken to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, where the younger remains in critical condition and the older is stable, the Inquirer reported. The younger teen was listed in critical condition, while the older was listed in stable condition, police said.

Both teens have so far refused to cooperate with police according to the Northeast Detective Division, the Inquirer reported.

Anyone with information on these shootings should call 215-686-TIPS.