Germantown teen identified as Independence Day shooter

Philadelphia police have identified 16-year-old Nafis Scott of East Germantown as the teen that shot two other teens in Center City Wednesday night as the city’s jam-packed Fourth of July concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway raged on less than a mile away.

At around 9:17 p.m. – less than an hour after rapper Common gave a shout-out to Scott’s neighborhood during his performance – the teen shot a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old, each in the leg, following a dispute between two groups with prior neighborhood beef, according to police.

Lt. Raymond Evers, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Police Department, said the 19-year-old was shot at 16th and John F. Kennedy Boulevard; the 17-year-old at 17th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Police stopped Scott near the Parkway and told him to drop his weapon, a .22 caliber handgun. Scott then pointed his firearm at police. An officer then shot Scott, grazing him in the chest.

Scott remains in stable condition at Hahnemann University Hospital. He is facing charges of aggravated assault and assault on a police officer, among other offenses.

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