Mom of boy shot in West Philly home: 'I got to get out of this city'

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Boy, 8 hit by stray bullet inside his West Philly home. Trish Hartman reports during Action News at 4pm on November 26, 2018.

Eight-year-old Avery was playing in the living room with his twin sister Sunday night when the shots came through the wall.

Avery's mother, Takia Harrison, thought at first the sound in her West Philadelphia home around 8 p.m. was from firecrackers.

She then quickly realized something was wrong when she saw powder and paint flying out of the wall.

"But when the debris came, I grabbed both of them, put them down. I seen blood, grabbed him and he said, 'Mom I was hit! I was hit!'" Harrison said.



Avery was grazed by a bullet in the face, just above his lip. The 8-year-old needed stitches.

Harrison says her son now doesn't want to go home. The family is staying elsewhere.

Two other young victims, ages 15 and 16, were shot in the courtyard near 60th and Ludlow streets. Police believe they were the targets of the shooting.
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2 teens, boy injured in West Philadelphia shooting. Katherine Scott reports during Action News Mornings on November 26, 2018.



"It's very tragic. Fortunately, everyone is going to survive, but you have three gunshot victims and no one over the age of 16. It's very sad," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said.

Meantime, Harrison says she wants to move.

"Only thing I can do from here is I just got to get out of this city," Harrison said.

No arrests have been made. Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.
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Police: 3 youths shot in West Philadelphia: Trish Hartman reports on Action News at 10 p.m., November 25, 2018


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