PHILADELPHIA — Police have released surveillance video as part of their investigation into a shooting that killed a teenager and injured four others.
Nicholas Elizalde, 14, was killed just as he was leaving a junior varsity football scrimmage between three schools on Tuesday afternoon, WPVI reported.
On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Police Department released surveillance video that officers said shows the suspects opening fire. The video shows four to five people dressed in all black running through the street with guns drawn.
The victims, three 14-year-olds, a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old, are all members of the Roxborough High School football team, police told WCAU. Officers said they believe the 17-year-old, who is not on the team but is friends with another victim, was one of two intended targets.
“My little brother’s 14,” the older brother of one of the unidentified victims told KYW. “And just hearing him get shot is just the worst feeling in the world. It’s scary for the kids to go to school, it’s scary for the kids to come outside. It’s just a war zone out here now.”
Officers said that after opening fire, most of the shooters got into a vehicle, while one gunman continued to chase a victim down the street, WPVI reported. That victim was ultimately shot, and the shooter continued to pull the trigger after the victim fell to the sidewalk, but the gun didn’t fire.
“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. Jason Smith told WPVI.
Police said the suspects fired at least 61 bullets, including the one that hit Elizalde in the chest, killing him, WCAU reported.
“This used to be a safe haven for our young people and to see now young people can’t even come to a scrimmage game?” Philadelphia School District Chief Safety Officer Kevin Bethel told KYW. “That was a cowardly act today. To come out and ambush people coming off a ball field. That makes you tough? I think not.”
The City of Philadelphia is offering a $40,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
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