5 football players shot after ambush near Roxborough High School in Philadelphia; 1 dead

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A football player was killed and four others were injured after two gunmen ambushed the group outside Roxborough High School in Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon.

It happened around 4:30 p.m. on the 300 block of Fairway Terrace just as a football scrimmage ended between three schools: Roxborough High School, Northeast High School and Boys Latin Charter School.

Investigators say the five players were walking off the field when two gunmen ambushed them from a Ford Explorer.

Police say a 14-year-old male was shot and later died from his injuries.

Three other victims, including a 14-year-old male and a 17-year-old male, were taken to an area hospital. The 14-year-old and 17-year-old are both stable. The condition of the fourth victim is unknown.

A fifth player suffered a graze wound, according to police.

Police say the injured victims played football for Roxborough High School.

No arrests have been made. Police have not released a description of the shooters.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

The deadly shooting happened just a day after Philadelphia reached its 400th murder of the year.

“We keep having these same conversations day in and day out. I don’t know who is missing the conversation, but we just have to keep doing as much as we possibly can,” said Deputy Commissioner John Stanford on the gun violence.

Mayor Jim Kenney released a statement on the shooting in a series of tweets:

“There are no words for what transpired earlier tonight. Another young life has been cut short and others injured by needless violence. Tonight, a family will begin to grapple with the loss of their loved one. My deepest condolences go out to them. I’ll say it again: schools, rec centers, and public spaces must be safe places. That’s why I signed an Executive Order today to ban guns at our Philadelphia Parks and Rec sites. This violence must stop and the cowards who use these weapons must be held accountable. Our administration will work with (the School District of Philadelphia) to ensure the Roxborough High School community gets the support they need to help students manage the trauma of losing a classmate. I urge anyone with information about this heinous crime to report it anonymously to 215-686-TIPS. If you know someone at-risk of engaging in or being affected by gun violence, call the City’s 24-hour Violence Prevention Hotline by dialing 2-1-1. If you’re in crisis and need to talk with someone, please call 9-8-8.”

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