Three people who work for the Philadelphia School District and a neighbor were almost hit by bullets Wednesday afternoon. They are lucky to be alive.
It happened just before 4 p.m. in West Philadelphia at the Heston School on 54th Street and Lansdowne Avenue.
Near the school building, a 21-year-old man was shot in the upper thigh, according to the police. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where his condition was stable.
Bullets went through the window of Edward Heston School, according to a spokesperson for the Philadelphia School District.
“I want to say that three school district employees are lucky to be alive this evening. Gunshots were heard in this neighborhood. Three bullets came through the window of the main office of Heston School. This is totally unacceptable to fire shots anywhere in the city, especially so close to where school children are,” said Deputy Chief of Communications Monique Braxton.
“She heard the bullets whiz by – that’s how close it was to her – and two other people were also standing in the office at that time,” said Braxton.
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Across the street, a bullet also went through the apartment window of a neighbor. “Glory be to God, I thank you because it could have been a disaster,” Priscilla Brewington said.
Officials say that neither the students nor the people who work at the school were hurt. 45 minutes before the shooting, the school had already let out.
At this point, no one has been caught. Anyone who knows something should call the police at 215-686-TIPS.
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