5 Students Shot, 1 Killed, at High School Football Scrimmage

Written by Tony Ghaul

A teenage boy was killed and four others were injured in a drive-by shooting behind Roxborough High School in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The shooting victims were Roxborough High School football players who were finishing a scrimmage against two others teams. The players walking off the field, when shooting took place, according to Philadelphia police.

The incident happened on the 300 block of Fairway Terrace, behind Roxborough High School, around 4:41 p.m.

According to Philadelphia police, a light green Ford Explorer drove up and the people inside fired multiple shots and then took off.

One 14-year-old boy was hit at least once in the chest and rushed to Einstein Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later, another 14-year-old boy was shot in the leg and is listed in stable condition at a local hospital, according to police. A third student, who is 17, was struck four times throughout his body, authorities said, and was taken to the hospital. He is listed to be in stable condition.

Philadelphia police report that one other victim was taken to the hospital and his condition is unknown, and another victim suffered a graze wound.

The scrimmage between Roxborough High School, Northeast High School and Boys’ Latin Charter ended around 4:30 p.m., Philadelphia Police First Deputy Commissioner John Stanford said.

Investigators say the five players were walking off the field when two gunmen ambushed them from a Ford Explorer. Photo courtsey of Philadelphia/ 6 ABC

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