100 children have been shot in Philadelphia so far this year, according to police, who say they will take a 'multi-pronged approach' to keep them safe.
"This culture of violence where we have adults are willing to shoot indiscriminately into crowds of people without care or concern for women or children," said Philadelphia Police First Deputy Commissioner, Melvin Singleton, according to CBS Philly.
Police say there is a plan in place to curb the violence, but it will take some time.
“Now we have to be strategic, targeted, identify our repeat offenders and target those folks,” Singleton said. -CBS Philly
Last weekend, 7-year-old child Zamar Jones was fatally shot on his front porch around 7:40 p.m. when he was caught in the crossfire of a shootout where at least 16 shots were fired. Jones was shot in the head.
BREAKING: Philadelphia Homicide Unit confirms Zamar Jones, 7, of the 200 block of North Simpson, West Philadelphia, was pronounced dead at 1p. One man is in custody. Police are seeking two more. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/9tUaXB3vbl— Joe Holden (@JoeHoldenCBS3) August 3, 2020
27-year-old Christopher Linder was taken into custody later that night after he attempted to recover his bullet-ridden truck, while antother man, 30-year-old Michael Banks, turned himself in.
While involved in the manhunt for the suspect in the Jones murder, police were called to another West Philadelphia shooting where a 6-year-old girl playing with friends was shot in the chest.
She is currently in the hospital in stable condition while her shooter remains at large. Both shootings happened less than three miles apart.