Teen shot, killed during holiday weekend barbecue in Grays Ferry identified

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Monday, July 4, 2016
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Police have identified the 16-year-old boy shot and killed during a holiday weekend barbecue in Grays Ferry.

GRAYS FERRY (WPVI) -- Philadelphia police have identified the teenage boy shot and killed during a holiday weekend celebration in Grays Ferry.

Sixteen-year-old Asir Brown was among a group of about a dozen people attending a barbecue when shots rang out from a passing car.

It happened around 12 a.m. Monday in the 1800 block of South 31st Street.

Police say one of the bullets hit Brown in the back.

Officers performed CPR on the teen until medics arrived and rushed him to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

A holiday weekend celebration turned to tragedy in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia.

He was pronounced dead at 12:37 a.m.

Police do not believe Brown was the intended target of the shooter.

Investigators found a dozen spent shell casings at the scene. Bullets pierced several areas of a home, including a screen door and a metal fence.

Investigators were checking surveillance video and talking with witnesses to develop descriptions of the suspect.

They are also looking for the car, described as dark-colored, which fled the scene heading northbound.

Police have not said who the gunman may have been targeting or why.