Video Footage of Two Chicago Bulls Fans Getting Shot on the El Train in Philadelphia (Video)
On Wednesday night, after the Bulls defeated the 76ers 96-89 in Philadelphia, two Chicago Bulls fans were shot on a Philadelphia El train. Police initially reported that the Bulls fans, ages 36 and 30, were “bragging” about their team’s victory and got into an argument with two young men, both estimated to be between the ages of 16 and 19. So I just assumed that this was simply an argument that had escalated as so many tragically do.
However, the Philadelphia police have now released video footage of the shooting, and it is much more chilling than I would have imagined.
Why? Because there really isn’t a gradual escalation.
In the video, at first all you see are the two suspects. It looks like they are just having a normal conversation with each other, but I suppose they must be talking to the Bulls fans. Then, at about the 45 second mark, we see that one of the Bulls fans is standing right in front of the two suspects. He’s obviously saying something to them, but it doesn’t look like a particularly angry scene. In fact, the two suspects actually seem to be ignoring the Bulls fan, looking the other way out the train window.
Then the train pulls into the 46th and Market Street station at 10:37 p.m. and comes to a stop. The two younger guys get off and start to walk away, and you think everything is over. But all of a sudden one of the guys just stops, pulls a gun out of his pocket, and fires a quick shot into the train, hitting the 36-year-old man in the stomach before hitting the 30-year-old man in the leg.
Check out the video for yourself:
If the video showed a more animated argument, with guys up in each others’ faces or shoving each other, then the shooting would seem less surreal. Instead, this whole incident looks relatively minor right up until the kid pulls out a gun and shoots the guy.
And that, to me, is terrifying.
The shooting victims, by the way, are both in stable condition. Philadelphia police are asking anyone with information about the shooters to contact them at 215-686-8477.