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4 students shot near Philadelphia high school

Nick Vadala, Ximena Conde and Kristen A. Graham, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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“I’ve never had any shooting take place before or anything that made me feel like I would be at this level of danger,” said Parker, who said the shooting cast a shadow on what was supposed to be a celebratory weekend for the business and neighborhood.

Parker said she’d have to cancel a hair event Wednesday night where clients get their hair done while snacking and mingling.

According to city data, three people have been shot, one fatally, so far this year within about a square mile of the school. Overall in 2022, 2,115 people have been shot in Philadelphia as of Tuesday — 435 fatally, and 1,688 non-fatally. Of those victims, 10%, or 204 people, were under 18.

This incident comes nearly two months following a shooting at Roxborough High School in which a 14-year-old boy was killed and four other teens were wounded following a football scrimmage.

“We are devastated how senseless gun violence continues to plague our city. Its impact extends to all students, staff, and school communities,” district spokesperson Marissa Orbanek said. “The ongoing violence erases everyone’s sense of safety, especially during peak school times, such as arrival and dismissal periods.”

Orbanek said the district will continue to invest in programming to support student safety.


Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan said he was “enraged” by the shooting, which not just injured students but also traumatized many more at the school and in the community.

“No one should have to go to school in fear. Or go to a club in fear. Or go to work in fear. Or simply exist in fear for their life,” Jordan said in a statement. He added that it was “well past time for meaningful and sustainable action on gun reform.”

“This Thanksgiving, I’ll be holding the entire Overbrook High School community, and all impacted by this ongoing crisis, in my heart and mind.”


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