Teenager killed fleeing gunfire in South Philadelphia

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Teen shot and killed: Jeannette Reyes reports during Action News at noon on June 27, 2017. (WPVI)

The morning after an overnight shootout left a teen dead, the streets and nearby park in a South Philadelphia neighborhood were eerily quiet and mostly empty.

Around 11:30 p.m. Monday, 3rd District police officers responded to a shooting along the 2300 block of Marshall Street.
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Teen shot and killed: Jeannette Reyes reports during Action News at 5:30 a.m. on June 27, 2017.

"I heard about 10 shots on Marshall Street," said Romeo Lopez. "And we didn't know if it was the sound of fireworks until we came out, and there was no one outside."

"It's not rare," said Nina Sanchez. "It's usual for that to occur around this area."

The officers found an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his back.

"I thought maybe it was a shooting because of all of the violence in the neighborhood, and there were people crying," said Lopez.

The victim's brother, who did not want to be identified, told Action News his brother was outside the home with a friend when the shots rang out - more than dozen of them.

Another brother witnessed the immediate aftermath when the injured and bloodied victim stumbled into the home.

The victim's mother and siblings were too distraught to go on camera.

"They investigated the scene," said Philadelphia Police Capt. George Fuchs, referring to investigators on the scene. "And they found that there were 15 shell casings on the 2300 block outside the house."

Police transported the 18-year-old to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

He was pronounced dead about two hours later, at 1 a.m. Tuesday.

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Watch Action Cam video from the scene where a teenager was killed while trying to flee gunfire.

Investigators were hoping surveillance video from a nearby camera might help them in the search for the gunman.

So far they have no suspects or motives in the case.
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