Philadelphia officials have released surveillance video and are offering a $40,000 reward for the suspects killed in a shooting behind a high school.



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Philadelphia police are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects in a high school shooting that left a 14-year-old dead and four other teenagers injured Tuesday, officials said.

Five teenagers were returning to the Roxborough High School locker room after a football game Tuesday afternoon when a group of suspects ambushed them with gunfire and at least 61 shell casings, Philadelphia Police Capt. Jason Smith said at a news conference.

Surveillance video released by police appears to show the suspects, described by authorities as four to five men dressed in black, running across the street and between parked cars.

The city is offering a $40,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case, police announced.

The suspects were waiting in a light-colored Ford Explorer when the teenagers crossed the street, Smith said.

“They were walking down the side walk and then they were ambushed,” Smith said. “The whole group, they waited until they got past them before they opened fire.”

The suspects got out of the car and began shooting at the victims, killing a 14-year-old boy in the chest, Smith said. Four other victims, ages 14 to 17, were injured but are in stable condition, Smith said.

After the initial shots, four of the five suspects went back to the car, but a fifth suspect followed a 17-year-old and continued to shoot the victim as they ran down the street, Smith said. The 17-year-old was shot once and fell to the pavement, he said.

The shooter approached the victim, stood on top of him and continued shooting, Smith said.

“The only thing that stopped this individual from shooting is that he apparently ran out of bullets and his slide was jammed in the rear.”

Smith and other Philadelphia officials asked the public for tips related to the shooting, calling the suspects juvenile, armed and dangerous.

School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Tony Watlington said in a statement Tuesday that social workers and counselors were available for students and staff at the affected schools.

“The School District of Philadelphia is heartbroken and outraged by the shooting outside Roxborough High School today that tragically affected five young people and tragically took the life of one,” Watlington said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and school communities of all the students affected by this horrific incident.”

Asked by a reporter in the city how the city could prevent such shootings, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said the task is not impossible, but it is difficult.

“I wouldn’t say it’s unstoppable, it’s definitely a big increase because of the number of guns in circulation and the availability of guns to buy without any strings attached,” Kenney said.

“It’s not impossible, it’s not hopeless, and we’re never going to give up, it’s just that it’s a tough climb based on the situation we’re in,” Kenney added.