Ref shot during basketball game - Philadelphia News

July 22, 2008 12:49:52 PM PDT
Police say a basketball referee was shot during a game in Strawberry Mansion. Around 8:53 Monday night Philadelphia Police were called out to the basketball courts at 33rd and Diamond Streets for the report of a shooting.

When they arrived authorities found a man shot four times, hit in the thigh and the buttocks. Arriving officers put the man in the back of a police cruiser and rushed him to Temple University Hospital.

The good news is that the 40-year-old referee is in stable condition and is going to be OK.

Capt. David Mockus of the Philadlephia Police says, "When somebody comes up with a gun, and they shoot somebody during a basketball game... I mean, one errant bullet can hit a little child. I'm sure there were children here - other little kids, innocent victims. It's pathetic that someone would get shot at a basketball game."

Police say the game was a part of the Mecca League, which ranges from ages 18 and older. The Recreation Commissioner says that the league is now canceled for the rest of the summer.

Police have no description of the suspect or suspects involved in the shooting, despite the dozens of potential witnesses at the scene.