PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police say seven people were shot in the Kensington section of Philadelphia Monday afternoon.
This happened around 2:30 p.m. on the 700 block of East Hilton Street.
Authorities say one person was shot in the neck and is in critical condition. The other victims suffered from graze wounds and all are in stable condition.
Three of the victims are children, according to police; a three-year-old and two ten-year-olds. The other four victims range in age from 24-46.
Neighbors say the gunshots sounded like fireworks, but they did not suspect an assault like this had just taken place. Orlando Garcia lives on the block and called 9-1-1:
"I saw one of the guys I walk my dog every day he was in the ground bleeding real real bad."
Police say a shotgun was used by the gunman, who they say fled on foot. He is described as a black male, 5'7", between the ages of 25-30 years old, stocky built, wearing a red/white tank top, and a black handkerchief on his face. The weapon was recovered.
Inspector Michael McCarrick says the scene looks like the gunman was shooting at random:
" We don't have anything from a police stand point that we can say A led to B. The investigators are trying to find that out. We are hoping that we can get some community involvement here."
There's no word on a motive at this time as an investigation continues.
This is the second time in the last three days multiple people were shot in Philadelphia. On Saturday, ten people, including three children, were wounded when a gunman opened fire at a block party in the Mantua section.
"It just makes absolutely no sense," says Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.
Police are trying to determine if the two shootings are related, but say that does not appear to be the case at this time.
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