Eight Philadelphia highschool college students have been shot and wounded as they waited for a public bus after faculty on Wednesday, the most recent in a spate of shootings which have touched off outrage within the metropolis, the police stated.

The scholars, who attend Northeast Excessive College, have been shot at about 3 p.m. as they waited at a bus cease close to a Dunkin’ Donuts simply over a half-mile from the varsity, Kevin J. Bethel, the Philadelphia police commissioner, stated at a information convention.

As a bus pulled as much as the cease and the scholars ready to board, three folks received out of a automotive that was parked close by and opened fireplace, capturing at least 30 instances, he stated.

The scholars who have been hit vary in age from 15 to 17, Commissioner Bethel stated. One was shot a number of instances and was in essential situation, he stated.

Two buses have been additionally struck by gunfire, though nobody inside was hit, in line with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. Commissioner Bethel stated there had not been any arrests.

The capturing got here after 11 younger folks have been shot whereas going to and from faculty in Philadelphia over the past three days, Commissioner Bethel stated.

On Monday afternoon, a 17-year-old was killed and 4 others have been wounded in a capturing as folks have been boarding a SEPTA bus in Philadelphia, about 4 miles from the scene of the capturing on Wednesday, the police stated.

On Tuesday afternoon, an 88-year-old Air Pressure veteran, Richard Butler, was shot lifeless whereas sitting inside his automotive in West Philadelphia, in line with the local news media.

And on Tuesday night, a 37-year-old man was fatally shot after he received right into a battle on a SEPTA bus in Philadelphia, the police stated. And on Sunday evening, a 27-year-old man was fatally shot after getting off a SEPTA bus in Philadelphia, the police stated. No arrests have been made and no weapons have been recovered in any of these shootings, the police stated.

“The cowardly acts that we have seen over the last three days are unacceptable,” Commissioner Bethel stated.

Tony B. Watlington Sr., the superintendent of the Philadelphia faculty district, stated that disaster counselors can be despatched to Northeast Excessive College to consolation grieving college students. He referred to as the capturing “horrific” and “unconscionable.”

“We are just absolutely heartbroken and angry that innocent children walking home from school would be impacted by gunfire,” he stated at the information convention, including, “Enough is enough.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Charles Lawson, the chief of the SEPTA Transit Police, stated at one other information convention that officers deliberate to crack down on fare evasion, open drug use and unlawful gun possession in response to the current shootings on or close to SEPTA buses.

He stated that there had been “significant declines in virtually every serious crime category across the board,” aside from gun violence. “It’s this category that we’re going to target and target relentlessly,” he stated.

Philadelphia has recorded 55 homicides this yr, down from 79 as of March 6 final yr and 94 as of March 6, 2022, in line with police statistics.