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A 4-year-old girl was shot dead at a Philadelphia-area gas station by her 2-year-old brother on Tuesday, reports say, as gun violence continues to affect underage victims in the area.
The shooting happened at a Mano’s Gulf gas station in Chester, located 20 miles south of Philadelphia, Fox affiliate WTXF-TV reported. Authorities said the boy was handling a gun inside a vehicle parked near a gas pump when it exploded and the girl was shot.
Adults at the scene took her to hospital where she died. No further information has been released.
The killing was one of many involving minors in the area so far this week.
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“It just speaks to the depravity of violence,” Joseph Sullivan, a former assistant police commissioner for the Philadelphia Police Department, told Fox News.
A 16-year-old was recovering in a hospital after being shot and injured inside a house on Tuesday afternoon. The teenager suffered a hip injury. No arrests were made and no weapons were recovered.
On Monday, several Philadelphia teenagers were shot dead. One involved 15-year-old Juan Carlos Robles-Corona, who was shot and killed just steps from his front door as he walked home from school.
Officers were called to the 2200 block of North 15th Street to reports of a shooting around 3 p.m.
Corona, an eighth grade student, was hit multiple times and nearly 28 casings were found at the scene. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he later died. The news station said the shooting may be linked to an earlier physical argument.
No arrests were made.
Hours later, a 13-year-old boy was shot multiple times as he sat inside a parked car. Someone apparently approached and fired at least a dozen shots into the vehicle. Investigators believe the boy was targeted.
He was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds to the head, chest and arms, police said.
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Overall, the city is seeing an uptick in homicides, with 125 reported Monday, a 2% increase from the same day in 2021. Sullivan blamed the escalation in violence on multiple factors, including a force of understaffed police, the district attorney’s reluctance to aggressively prosecute gun crimes, and underfunded community-based gun violence intervention programs.
“You have everyone on different scores right now and that’s the result,” he said. “The better the weather gets, the worse it’s going to get.”
Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.