Boys, 15 and 16, among 4 people shot near West Philly block party

Philadelphia Police Department investigators stand on a sidewalk as bullet casings and evidence markers lay on the ground after a shooting

Philadelphia Police Department investigators stand on a sidewalk as bullet casings and evidence markers lay on the ground after a shooting. (NBC10)

This story originally appeared on NBC10.

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Four people, including two boys ages 15 and 16, were shot Saturday night in West Philadelphia when a gunman opened fire as three of the victims were leaving a block party.

The gunman shot the teens and two others as they walked away from a party on the 100 block of Lindenwood Street shortly before midnight, Philadelphia Police Department Deputy Commissioner Joel Dales said. It was unclear if the fourth victim, a 46-year-old man, had also been at the party.

The three younger victims, which included a 21-year-old man, ran back to the party, which was being held in the middle of the block, as they fled from the bullets, Dales said

Multiple spent shell casings could be seen on the street while bullet holes also struck at least one nearby home.

Officers arrived and took all the victims to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, PPD spokesman Miguel Torres said. Police had initially said the 46-year-old drove himself to the hospital. All four were listed in stable condition.

There was no immediate description of the gunman, who fled after the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call the PPD’s tip line at 265-686-8477 or send an anonymous tip online.

There are additional resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.

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