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2 teens shot during Philadelphia football game, marks at least seventh shooting of this kind since August


A pair of teenage boys were shot at a high school football game in Philadelphia Friday night.

The 14 and 15-year-olds, whose names have not yet been released, were shot in the foot and thigh respectively during a game at Simon Gratz High School, according to WPVI. They were last reported to be in stable condition.

Around 7:40 p.m. Friday, cops responded to Marcus Foster Memorial Stadium in North Philadelphia, where a game was being played against Imhotep Institute Charter High School.

Shots rang out during the second quarter. While casings have been found outside the stadium, there is no confirmation yet on whether any shooting went on inside.

At the time of publication, a weapon has not been recovered and no arrests have been made.

According to acting Philadelphia Police Commissioner Christine Coulter said, “I think it was just such mayhem when the shooting rang out that nobody saw anyone with a gun.”

Shootings have occurred at or during football games nationwide for at least the last five weeks, ABC News reports.

On Sept. 14, two people were shot during a game in Fort Worth, Texas.

In Newport News, Va., three teens — one 14-year-old and two 19-year-olds — were shot the day prior.

On Sept. 6, two shootings took place at high school football games in Pennsylvania. One in Pittsburgh left a 48-year-old man dead; no fatalities were reported in the Bucks County shooting.

On Aug. 31, 10 teens were shot after a game in Mobile, Ala.

The Aug. 24 shooting during a game at a St. Louis, Mo.-area high school was thought to be linked to fights that erupted outside the school.