9 shot in Strawberry Mansion as group was live on Facebook

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Sunday, May 21, 2017
9 shot in Strawberry Mansion, group was live on Facebook
9 shot in Strawberry Mansion, group was live on Facebook. Christie Ileto reports during Action News at 6 on May 21, 2017.

STRAWBERRY MANSION (WPVI) -- Nine people were injured in a shooting in Philadelphia that may have been streamed live on Facebook, according to police.

Witnesses say the victims were just hanging on the corner dancing when all of a sudden a fun night with friends turned into an epicenter of gunfire.

"Many of them were young boys that I watched grow up, they were having such a good time, it was such a positive vibe. I stopped and spoke to them." a neighbor said.

The neighbor didn't want to show her face, but says she went to park her car, so she could come back and watch them dance when suddenly a barrage of bullets were fired at 23rd and Huntington.

"It happened fast, and I couldn't believe it, the cops were everywhere," she said.

The calls for help came just before 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Police say most victims are stable. Two are in critical condition.

Police have confirmed that all nine victims are under the age of 26.

A woman says her cousin who was shot is a teen.

"One of my little cousins, he was out here dancing. He was one of the ones shot in the leg," she said.

As many as 30 people were reportedly standing on the block at the time, live streaming a video on Facebook.

Witnesses are struggling to understand how these victims became targets.

"These boys come from good homes. They weren't thugs, no gun slingers or drug sellers." witness said.

Police are trying to figure out a motive and track down those responsible for the crime.


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