Gun battle erupts outside of West Philadelphia recreation center, innocent bystander struck

WEST PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Police said an innocent bystander was struck when 34 shots were fired between multiple shooters outside a West Philadelphia recreation center Tuesday afternoon.

It happened just before 4 p.m. at the intersection of 52nd and Funston streets.

"I ran down the street. They were coming toward me," said Ashley Frye. "I didn't see their faces but I heard them."

Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker said, "It was clearly chaos."

Officials said a stray bullet ricocheted off of a nearby house and hit a 22-year-old woman, who was sitting on the porch, in her calf. She was holding her 8-month-old baby while sitting next to her 95-year-old grandmother. She was taken to Penn Presbyterian Hospital for treatment.

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Shots also hit cars and flew by the rec center where children were outside playing.

Officials said three people drove off in a blue Chevy Impala, but police are trying to determine if those people were just fleeing for safety or if they were involved in the incident.

Witnesses said there were a lot of teens in the area at the time of the shooting.

Police have one person in custody.

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