November 23, 2022
Four students at Overbrook High School were hospitalized after being shot late Wednesday morning less than a block from their school.
The gunfire was reported at 60th and Oxford streets at 11:38 a.m., Philadelphia police said. Overbrook High School is at 59th and Oxford streets.
The Philadelphia School District had early dismissals this week for parent-teacher conferences, including Wednesday. Students were let out of school three hours early.
All four people shot were juveniles, police said. One 15-year-old girl was shot in the left shoulder and thigh and another 15-year-old girl also was shot in the left shoulder. Both were taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where place said they in stable condition.
A 16-year-old boy was shot in the face and left hand, and another 16-year-old boy was shot in the right leg. They were taken to Lankenau Medical Center and are both in stable condition.
The students had been standing outside a beauty salon at the intersection. Bullets struck the glass front door of the business and a window, but no one inside the building was injured.
"We are devastated how senseless gun violence continues to plague our city," Marissa Orbanek, a School District of Philadelphia spokesperson, said, "Its impact extends to all students, staff, and school communities. The ongoing violence erases everyone's sense of safety, especially during peak school times, such as arrival and dismissal periods."
It was less than two months ago, on Sept. 27, that five teens were shot outside Roxborough High School. Four of the five were players on Roxborough's junior varsity football team, and one of the players, Nicholas Elizalde, was killed by the gunfire.
Police have arrested four suspects in that shooting and a fifth person is sought.
Anyone with information about Wednesday's shootings in Overbrook can contact Philadelphia police by calling 911, by calling or texting (215) 686-8477 or by submitting a tip online. All information can be provided to police anonymously.