Innocent bystander shot in Grays Ferry

May 18, 2008 4:42:16 PM PDT
A man is in the hospital - an innocent bystander who was wounded during a shooting in Philadelphia's Grays Ferry section this afternoon. It happened outside a bar at 26th and Dickinson. Police say two groups of people, one with a shotgun and the other with a 45-caliber handgun, were shooting at each other on the street.

Some shots landed in the bar and hit the victim in the leg. Now, officers are looking for the gunmen.

Baily Place is truly a corner bar - a place where Felix Noble liked to hang with friends. But Sunday afternoon it became the backdrop of a gunfight. Noble was inside the bar, just talking, when a bullet came whizzing in from the street.

Bailey Place Bartender Celeste Taylor tells Action News, "I said, 'Duck duck.' We got on the floor, and he's like, 'I'm hit, I'm hit.'"

A police officer rushed him to a local hospital. He's going to be ok, but the shooting at 26th and Dickinson has friends and nearby residents fed up.

"I've lived here for 32 years in the area and I'm scared to death," said Kimberly Pollard.

Brenda Noble shares those feelings, saying, "I've been here for 48 years and I've never seen anything like this. It's horrible. I'm going to move out of my neighborhood because I'm afraid to walk the streets."

Police say two groups opened fire on one another. In all, more than a dozen shots were fired. Investigators recovered two guns. They're now interviewing witnesses, but so far they have no suspects.

Investigators don't know what led to the shooting, but they are looking into whether it's connected to a homicide a few weeks earlier.