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2 face firearms charges after shooting near transit station

February 22, 2021 GMT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men arrested with guns after a shooting near a north Philadelphia transit station that wounded eight people last week haven’t been linked to the shooting but face charges of illegally carrying firearms, police said Monday.

Chief Inspector Frank Venore said police need the public’s help to find the person who opened fire Wednesday near the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s Olney station. The victims, who range in age from 17 to 71, are expected to survive but “we need to know who was brazen enough to fire a gun that day,” he said.

Vanore said the shooting itself wasn’t captured on surveillance video, but other footage from the area exists and “what we need to know is who’s who.” He said the majority of victims were innocent bystanders and if anyone was the intended target “we’re still working to connect that.”

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A 71-year-old man critically injured with stomach and leg wounds remains hospitalized. A 22-year-old man was shot in the back, two men aged 21 and 53 were hit in the legs and a 36-year-old woman and 70-year-old man were hit in the thigh. A 17-year-old girl was grazed on the right arm and a 48-year-old man grazed on the stomach.

The shooting occurred near the SEPTA station on Broad Street, the city’s major north-south thoroughfare, and next to Einstein Medical Center, where all but one of the victims were taken. The other victim was taken to Temple University Hospital.

Chief Thomas Nestel of the transit agency’s police force said it was “frustrating that we had police officers present and it didn’t stop this.”

“Anger and revenge is now overtaking the dignity of life, and that has to change,” he said.