1 dead, 2 injured after shootout in front of N. Philadelphia school

NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- One person is dead and two others are injured after a shooting outside a North Philadelphia school.

It happened around 1:00 p.m. at the intersection of American and Cambria streets in front of the Pan American Charter School.

Police say a man driving by in a car got into a shootout with another man on the sidewalk.

The driver of the car was killed.

The car veered out of control and struck a pedestrian.

The pedestrian and the man who was shot are hospitalized in stable condition.

Parents came running to the school to retrieve their children.

The children say the teachers kept them calm despite their fears.

"We were all scared. We didn't know what happened. We were planning to go on a trip to an opera, and we stayed after school," 8th grader Evelyn Juanacio said.

The police says they don't know yet what sparked the shootout.

They're just glad it happened before the kids were dismissed for the day.

Parents complain there's rampant drug dealing in the neighborhood.

The police say they've managed to keep the drug activity a few blocks away to the east, but gun violence can break out anywhere.

"It just shows that these guys really don't care about what's going on. They have no concern for the public, the safety, their environment; it's all about themselves and the criminal lifestyle that they're leading. It's a shame. People in this neighborhood deserve better," Philadelphia Police Captain Mike Cram said.
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