Girl, 2; boy, 10; grandmom injured in crossfire

Posted: September 28, 2011

WHAT BEGAN as a fight yesterday among girls at South Philadelphia High School led to a neighborhood shoot-out that left three bystanders - a 2-year-old girl, a 10-year-old boy and their grandmother - wounded, police said.

"It was some dumb crap that they were fighting over that means absolutely nothing," an angry Commissioner Charles Ramsey told reporters at the scene, on Bucknell Street near Wharton. "And now we're talking about a 2-year-old who's in surgery as we speak."

Asiyah Owens, 2, was shot in the right hip and hand, police said. She reportedly was in critical condition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia last night. Sayir Saunders, 10, was shot in the leg and taken to CHOP in stable condition. Their grandmother, Andrea Pointer, 59, was also shot once in the leg. She was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and listed in stable condition.

Police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers said that a group of girls, apparently continuing a fight that began at the school, at Broad and Snyder, fought outside a home on Bucknell Street about 7:30 p.m. Older men then got involved in the brawl armed with golf clubs and sticks, Evers said, and it spilled into the victims' home, where relatives of one girl involved live.

Police said gunfire erupted and the victims were caught in the crossfire of two men shooting at each other - one with an automatic weapon. A fourth gunshot victim turned up at Methodist Hospital with a wound to his hand, police said.

Police were looking for two black men, one described as between 25 and 30, heavyset, 6 feet and 220 pounds. He was seen wearing a white T-shirt, jeans and a black fitted baseball cap and was armed with an automatic weapon, police said. He fled south on Bucknell Street after the shooting.

The second suspect is in his early 20s with a medium, muscular build and close-cropped hair. He was dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans and was armed with a revolver, police said. He was seen heading north on Bucknell Street after the incident.

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