Christie Ileto, 6ABC, June 24, 2020
A Philadelphia mother fearing for her family’s safety spoke to Action News off camera after her son was shot more than a dozen times on Monday night.
“I was in disbelief. Everything from the waist down was covered in blood,” said the mother after a gunman opened fire on her 15-year-old son, Rahim.
The shooting occurred around 8:45 p.m. on 11th and Harper streets in North Philadelphia.
Rahim had apparently played basketball with friends before stopping to grab a bite nearby.
“As they exited the store, I guess the guy came from around the corner and started shooting,” Rahim’s mother said. “My son said all he remembered was falling and was not able to get back up.”
He was shot 17 times.
Rahim was rushed to Temple University Hospital and his friend was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Data shows shootings are up 24% since the start of the year.