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Teenage suspects identified in Philadelphia train shooting over sports argument

(CBS) PHILADELPHIA - Police have identified two teenage brothers they believe are responsible for shooting two men aboard a Philadelphia SEPTA El train over a sports argument, CBS Philly reports.

Matthew Early and Eric Early, both 18, are wanted for aggravated assault after allegedly shooting two men aboard the train on Thursday night at about 10:30p.m.

Investigators say the shooting started with "trash talking" about the 76ers-Bulls NBA game that had just ended at the Wells Fargo Center, CBS Philly reports.

According to detectives, a 35-year-old man wearing a visitors' Chicago Bulls jersey was on the train when the confrontation began.

Police say when the train stopped at 46th and Market Streets, the suspects exited and one of the teens turned around and fired a handgun in the direction of one of the victims, CBS Philly reports.

The 35-year-old man was hit in the left side of the stomach and the bullet exited through his back. The same bullet then struck a 30-year-old victim in the thigh, the station says.

The suspects fled the scene and the victims were expected to be ok, the station reports.

Police released surveillance video of the incident and have urged anyone who knows the whereabouts of Matthew and Eric Early to call (215)-686-TIPS (8477) immediately.

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