Philadelphia Teen Shot 18 Times While Waiting For A Bus To Leave School, Police Say
The two gunmen fired off approximately 36 shots during the incident.
December 01, 2021 at 4:03 pm
A Philadelphia teenage boy was shot 18 times while waiting for a bus to go home from school Monday afternoon, NBC News reports.
The 14-year-old, Samir Jefferson, was a freshman at Thomas A. Edison High School. While Jefferson was at the bus stop in a North Philadelphia neighborhood, he was attacked by two assailants.
“A vehicle, maybe two, pull up. Two males get out and start shooting at him, chasing him,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said, according to CBS Philly.
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The two unidentified shooters fired at least 36 shots, however, the incident report didn't include a definitive motive for the shooting.
The young teen died of gunshot wounds at Temple University.
"Every time I close my eyes, I see my son. That’s my son, I birthed him. He wanted to be somebody. He wanted to be known," Desiree Goodson, Jefferson's mother, told Fox 29. "I don’t care about no justice, I don’t care about retaliation, I just want my son back. None of that can help me get my son back."
About 15 minutes before his death, officials say Jefferson sent a video of people fighting to an acquaintance on Instagram. Police are now investigating if the video was a contributing factor in the attack.
Two men are being questioned by detectives, but no charges have been filed.
Philadelphia recorded 508 homicides in 2021, which is the highest number since 1990 and 12% more than in 2020, U.S. News reports. The homicides listed included over 30 victims under the age of 18.