2 dead, 1 critical after 16 shots fired inside Southwest Philly takeout restaurant

Two men, ages 19 and 20, were both shot multiple times. A 43-year-old woman was shot at least once.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
2 dead after 16 shots fired inside Philly takeout restaurant
At least 16 shots were fired inside the small takeout area of Shangri-La restaurant in Southwest Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Two people were killed and a third person was critically injured as customers picking up food at a Chinese takeout restaurant in Southwest Philadelphia came under fire late Tuesday.

At least 16 shots were fired shortly before 11:30 p.m. on the 5400 block of Chester Avenue.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage to get a more detailed description of the two shooters who opened fire in the small takeout area of Shangri-La restaurant.

Arriving officers found the three victims unresponsive on the floor.

"All three victims were suffering from gunshot wounds. All were lying on the floor in the customer takeout area," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Sources tell Action News two of the victims are half-brothers, ages 19 and 20. Both were shot multiple times.

The 19-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital and the 20-year-old was listed in critical condition.

Investigators name narcotics as the motive.

A 43-year-old year woman, a customer at the store, was hit by a stray bullet. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The shooters were last seen running south on 54th Street.

Philadelphia police are implementing new plans this year to try to reduce gun violence in the city.

Despite this very violent incident, the city homicide rate is down compared to this time last year.

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