PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A mother and her child are recovering after they were shot while lying in bed. It happened in Philadelphia’s Harrogate neighborhood Thursday night.
The mother is now out of the hospital. She was talking to CBS3 from her porch and was doing well considering her injury. But her son is still being treated after that shooting, which was caught on camera.
Security video shows the headlights of a vehicle as it travels slowly along East Venango Street and appears to come to a brief stop. That’s when you can see gun flashes as someone on the sidewalk ducks for cover. The vehicle then leaves the scene.
Police say the shooting happened just after 8:30 p.m. Thursday. On Friday, you can see a single bullet hole in this home.
“Although 21 shots were fired, only one bullet went through the window frame,” Philadelphia Police Chief Insp. Scott Small said.
On the other side of the window frame was a 28-year-old mother lying in bed with her 5-year-old son.
The mother didn’t want to be on camera but says when she heard the bursts of gunfire, she tried to protect her son by pushing him to the floor.
The mother says she was struck in the thigh, then the same bullet exited her body before striking her son in the wrist.
That bullet is now lodged in his elbow as he awaits surgery.
Neighbors are shocked.
“How could somebody shoot and hurt a baby or even a mother or a man and then run like cowards?” Victor Delgado said.
Philadelphia has seen 38 children and 66 women shot so far this year, according to police. Both figures are a slight decrease from this time last year.
But that doesn’t offer much relief to neighbors in this area who are used to the gun violence.
“People keep getting hurt and killed because nobody’s listening. We need help,” Delgado said.
So far, police have not identified a motive and there have been no arrests.
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