US 11yo fatally shot while riding bike as gun violence plagues Philadelphia

The 11-year-old was riding a bike with a 14-year-old when he was fatally shot.
The 11-year-old was riding a bike with a 14-year-old when he was fatally shot. Photo credit: Getty Images

A US 11-year-old boy is dead following a shooting in Philadelphia on Friday night. 

He was riding a dirt bike with a 14-year-old boy in the Oxford Circle neighbourhood at around 6:30pm (local time) when shots were fired. 

According to ABC, he was shot in the neck and died in hospital later in the evening. 

The 14-year-old was struck by two bullets, one in his right arm and one in his ankle but is in hospital in a stable condition. 

ABC spoke to a witness who said she dashed out into the street after her own son ran inside to tell her there had been a shooting, to find the 11-year-old lying injured. She and another neighbour attempted CPR while waiting for emergency services.

The homicide police unit is investigating the shooting and has not yet made any arrests or recovered any weapons from the scene. 

Philadelphia police said they will be increasing patrols in the neighbourhood as the death follows an influx of gun violence in the city. 

At 8pm on the same night, seven people were wounded after an argument inside a Philadelphia bar spread out onto the street and resulted in gunfire.

Surveillance footage of the shooting shows a gunman firing into a crowd of people standing outside, NBC reports. Among those injured were two 17-year-old boys. 

Earlier in the week, one man died and another five were injured after a gunman opened fire on an illegal 150 person party. 

The shooting happened in a residential neighbourhood, beginning inside of a restaurant and spilling out across several streets. 

Despite COVID-19 illegal parties are still occurring in the city. 

According to NBC, in the week ending on March 14, there were 695 shootings across Philadelphia.