Reactions from the Hunting Park Triple Shooting

Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that last night in Hunting Park  a triple shooting occured, leaving a 19-year-old dead, with a 22-year-old and 16-year-old wounded. 

In the article, members of the community shared their reactions to the incident. These comments are important to point out because we must recognize their frustration and despondency.

“Go lay on the floor and lock all the doors,” said one 33-year-old mother who gave her name only as Anet, adding that she heard more than 10 shots. “This ain’t the first time, and it ain’t gonna be the last.”

 

Tears stained the cheeks of a 13-year-old girl who spoke on condition of anonymity about the aftermath of the bloodbath.

“I came outside and saw him laying there,” she said of the man who died at the scene, adding that she didn’t know him but recognized him from the neighborhood. “I just saw him yesterday and he told me, ‘You’re gonna make it in life.’”

She cried, “I didn’t believe my eyes. I came back around and had to look again.”

 

Anet and another young mother, who gave her name only as Eva, 35, stood on the corner and shook their heads. Each said she was raising three young children in the neighborhood.

“It’s not even safe for the kids to go to the park,” Eva said.

“Even in the morning when we’re getting [my son] on the bus, we’ve got to be careful. ... It’s gotten to be very dangerous.”

No one should have to live in fear within their communities, but unfortunately, many do. All three people either spoke anonymously or gave pseudonyms. A 13-year-old girl was exposed to trauma and violence first hand. Both mothers worry about the safety of their children, even while taking them to school. 

And most haunting of all, as Anet said, "This ain't the first time, and it ain't gonna be the last."

Discussing a solution for all of us to feel safe will be an issue brought up at our symposium tomorrow. It is imperative that we all participate to implement a community-wide practice to put an end to this epidemic. Please post your suggestions in the comments section below in the meantime.

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