3 teens sought in shooting of 16-year-old shot at Philly playground

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Police are searching for three suspects all under the age of 18 wanted in connection to a shooting at a playground in North Philadelphia.

Police were called to the Marie Winchester Playground on the 2300 block of North 15th Street around 11:40 p.m. Thursday.

Officers found a 16-year-old boy with gunshot wounds to his stomach and leg.

He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Investigators believe a 13, 15, and 17-year-old may responsible for the shooting.

On Friday, chalk marked the spot where shell casings were found in the playground.

The President of the Winchester Council Advisory Board is trying to fight violence through positive programs.

"Working really hard out here to make sure our youth have things to do. We have basketball tournaments, we have basketball every day. Unfortunately the kids are starting to become scared to come be a part of these events because of the nonsense," says Danita Bates.

Jamal Johnson arrived at the playground to talk to kids about gun violence. He wore a sandwich board reading, "If black lives matter, stop killing each other."

"Some of them look at it and say, 'Yes black lives do matter, but nobody cares about that. I have to come out here and look out for myself and if they come after me I have to get them,'" says Johnson.

His goal is to intervene on a personal level before another young person picks up a gun, "and hopefully it will save a life."
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