A teen boy is facing charges in adult court after he allegedly shot a recreation employee during a Friday afternoon shootout in Philadelphia.
Fox 29 reports that the incident happened at the Mill Creek Recreation Center as Tiffany Fletcher, 40, was in the process of welcoming children to the park after school. Gunshots erupted between two groups of people and Fletcher was stuck in the crossfire.
Police responded to an area off of 4700 block of Brown Street after reports of shots fired. Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said they caught up with the 14-year-old, who was attempting to flee the scene. He was detained and arrested.
Officials said a loaded 9mm ghost gun was found in a trash can nearby.
Meanwhile, Fletcher, who was found lying on the ground with gunshot wounds on the left and right sides of her body, was taken to the Presbyterian Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
“My aunt was a wonderful mother. She was a wonderful aunt, sister, daughter,” the victim’s niece, Jane Washington, said, according to NBC 4. “Tiffany Fletcher was a good woman to everybody She was a friend. She was an advocate and she worked hard to serve for her own community, which we grew up in.”
Police added that the investigation is ongoing. No other arrests have yet been made.
“Yet again, we are talking about kids,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said. “Kids shooting guns at a playground with tragic results.”
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