Mother with 2 children in car shot in Port Richmond crossfire

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A mother with her two children in her car was shot when they were caught in the crossfire in Port Richmond, according to Philadelphia police.

The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Thursday along the 2900 block of Frankford Avenue and E. Monmouth Street.

Investigators said the woman was parked at that location when two suspects began firing at someone else on the corner.

The woman was shot in the left side of her chest near her arm pit.

Police said the car was hit at least six times during the shooting and one bullet struck the woman.

The woman's 14-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son were inside the car, but were not injured.

The victim's mother, Valerie Avent, rushed to the scene after receiving a panicked phone call from her grandchildren.

"She's very lucky. I thank God that he watched over my child and my grandchildren at that time because it could have been worse," Avent said.

Police said the victim managed to drive herself to Episcopal Hospital and was later transferred to Temple University Hospital. Avent said her daughter has been treated and released.

Investigators said the woman's car does not appear to be the intended target and she was an innocent bystander.
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