Wolf and Shapiro Respond to the Shooting of Four Teens in Philadelphia

(WHTM) – Four teenagers in Philadelphia were shot after being let out of school for the day. Governor Tom Wolf and Governor-elect Josh Shapiro both made statements in the hours after the shootings.

Police in Philadelphia say that a 15-year-old girl was hurt in the shoulder and thigh, a 16-year-old boy was cut on the cheek and shot in the hand, and another 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg.

All four were getting good care at the hospital and were healthy. Police say that no one has been arrested and no weapons have been found. Shapiro tweeted on Wednesday afternoon, “Today, four high school students were shot on their way home from school for Thanksgiving break.”

“I’m glad to hear that all of the children are in good health, but I’m furious that these Pennsylvania kids don’t feel safe in their neighborhoods.”

Shapiro, who is now the Attorney General of the Commonwealth, said, “I’m ready to work more than anything else.” It’s not fair to the people of Pennsylvania.”

On January 17, 2023, Shapiro will be sworn in as Governor. The legislature is likely to be split along party lines. Governor Wolf says that more needs to be done to protect communities, such as passing more “commonsense gun laws.”

“I’m sick of not doing anything, innocent people dying, and Pennsylvanians having to suffer because we can’t agree on basic gun restrictions.” Enough is enough.

Four young Pennsylvanians were shot the day before Thanksgiving. We live in a country where we can’t walk home from school, go to the store, or get together with our neighbors in a safe place without running into violence.

I’ll say it again: enough is enough. The Safer Communities Act signed into law by President Joe Biden is a good start, but more needs to be done. It hasn’t been enough for far too long.

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The General Assembly of Pennsylvania needs to act right away. The most recent shootings in our country have left families with broken hearts and empty seats at the Thanksgiving dinner table. And I’m done.”

In a phone interview, Monique Braxton, the district’s deputy chief of communications, said that the incident happened about a block from Overbrook High School in West Philadelphia. At that time, students were sent home early because of parent-teacher conferences.

According to the district’s Office of School Safety, Braxton said that the students were at a corner store when the incident took place. Braxton said, “We don’t know who was the target if any of the four were.”

Parents were told about it early Wednesday afternoon. Braxton said, “It’s crazy that young people are shot so soon after graduating from high school.”

Officer Miguel Torres, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Police Department, said that the event took place at 11:30 a.m. He said that people who were hurt were taken to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and the Lankenau Medical Center.