PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A teenage girl was shot Saturday in North Philadelphia, moments after she stepped off of a SEPTA bus.
It happened at a SEPTA bus stop at the intersection of 22nd Street and Sedgley Avenue, near Ridge Avenue, shortly after 4:30 p.m.
“We had a male walking up the streets, appeared to be firing randomly as people were exiting the bus,” described Acting Police Commissioner Christine Coulter.
Coulter said the man fired at a woman first but missed, then continued to fire, striking a 16-year-old girl as she was exiting the bus. At least 14 shots were fired.
The girl was later pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital, and has not yet been identified. Shopping bags were still on the ground as police continued their investigation.
Three witnesses positively identified 41-year-old Robert Jamieson as the shooter. He was found hiding behind a nearby parked car and taken into custody. He has not been arraigned yet.
At a summit Saturday afternoon in Germantown to address the city’s gun violence problem, Melany Nelson of Northwest Victim Services said help was available.
“We are in Temple Hospital, we’re in Einstein Hospital, so we’re working straight through the holiday to be able to help those who are affected by gun violence or any violence in the city of Philadelphia,” Nelson explained. She said anyone in need of help can contact her directly at (267) 808-0350.
KYW Newsradio’s Antionette Lee contributed to this report.