A 16-year-old East Germantown youth was shot in the arm when he got caught in the crossfire of an hours-long neighborhood beef between two groups of residents.
Police said it started around 12 p.m. Thursday when two women got into a “disturbance” on the 6200 block of W. Wister St. A woman from nearby Beechwood Street said a woman from Wister Street pointed a gun at her, so she called the police.
It ended up being a BB gun, but the victim went to Northwest Detectives to file a report. When she returned home, the other woman was waiting outside the victim’s home with a group of people, police said. A large fight resulted, but people scattered when police were called.
Around 11:30 p.m, the woman from Beechwood Street returned to Wister to speak with a 39-year-old man with whom the woman who pointed the gun lived “to squash” the beef. After about 10 minutes, he went into the house, allegedly got a gun, fired four shots and ran back inside, police said.
One of those bullets struck the victim’s nephew in the arm. He was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition Friday morning.