Four students were injured in a shooting near a high school in Philadelphia on Wednesday, shortly after students were released early for Thanksgiving, officials said.
The students were standing outside a beauty salon on 60th and Oxford streets when a silver-colored Hyundai SUV pulled up and opened fire on the group just after 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, John Stanford, the Philadelphia Police First Deputy Commissioner, said in a news conference.
Police officers in the area, who were supposed to be monitoring early school dismissals for the holidays, responded to the location when they heard the shooting, Stanford said.
Four students — two 15-year-old girls and two 16-year-old boys — were injured on Wednesday and taken to hospital in stable condition, police said.
Stanford said it was fortunate that no one was killed in the incident and no one was hit in the occupied beauty salon.
When asked whether the attack was random, he said it was not yet clear whether any of the people in the group were targeted.
Overbrook High School was suspended at 11:47 a.m. due to the shooting and suspended at 1:02 p.m., police said.
No arrests were made and no weapons were recovered, officials said. The investigation is ongoing.
“We are devastated how senseless gun violence continues to haunt our city. Its impact extends to all students, staff and school communities,” the Philadelphia School District said in a statement to NBC Philadelphia. “The ongoing violence affects everyone’s sense of security, particularly during secondary school hours, such as upon arrival and release.”
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney denounced the shooting and wrote on Twitter: “Another act of violence against students breaks my heart. I am thankful that all victims are stable and that no one was killed.”