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VIDEO: Car Full Of Gunmen Open Fire On JV Football Team, Killing 14 Year Old, Wounding 4 Others

Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia police have released video of the shooting attack on members of the Roxborough High School junior varsity football team as they left a scrimmage on Tuesday afternoon (video below).

Philadelphia police said the incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 as the football players were leaving the field behind Roxborough High School in the 4700-block of Pechin Street after scrimmages against Northeast High School and Boys Latin Charter School, WPVI reported.

Officials said five gunmen in a green Ford Explorer pulled up, got out of their vehicle, and fired at least 64 rounds in the direction of the football players, WPVI reported.

“As the victims are walking by on the opposite side of the road on the way to locker room, five individuals exit the SUV and immediately open fire,” Philadelphia Police Captain Jason Smith told reporters.

The video released by authorities on Sept. 28 showed that five gunmen got out of the SUV with weapons drawn and started shooting at the teens.

Authorities said the video showed the four of the gunmen got back into the SUV after the initial volley of gunfire, WPVI reported.

But one of the gunmen chased one of the boys down the street and shot him, the video showed.

The video showed the wounded 17-year-old boy on the ground already suffering from one gunshot wound as the gunman stood over him and continued to pull the trigger, WPVI reported.

However, the video showed the gun jammed and the gun stopped firing.

“The only thing that stopped this individual from firing is that he apparently had run out of bullets in his slide, and it locked,” Capt. Smith explained.

That gunman then jumped into the getaway vehicle and fled with the rest of his criminal crew, WPVI reported.

Police believe that a sixth suspect acted as the driver of the SUV.

Five students were shot in the attack and four of them were junior varsity football players at Roxborough High School, WCAU reported.

The 17-year-old boy featured in the sidewalk video was not a football player or a student at Roxborough, WPVI reported.

Police said 14-year-old Nicholas Elizalde of Havertown was shot in the chest.

He was transported to Einstein Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later, WCAU reported.

Elizalde was a student at Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences, but that school doesn’t have a football team, so its students play for Roxborough High School, according to WPVI.

Three other victims – the 17-year-old boy featured in the video was shot in the right arm and leg, another 14-year-old boy was shot in the left thigh, and a 15-year-old boy was shot in the left leg – are in stable condition at area hospitals, WPVI reported.

Another 14-year-old boy sustained a graze wound to the right ankle and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Philadelphia police recovered the SUV used in the shooting attack on Wednesday on Passyunk Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia, WPVI reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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