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Two suspects have been arrested in the shooting death of 14-year-old Samir Jefferson, Philadelphia police say.

Jefferson was chased and shot 18 times by several gunmen after allegedly sending a fight video to someone on social media.

Police say Samir Jefferson was at a North Philadelphia bus stop near his high school in the city's Feltonville neighborhood when a car pulled up around 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

Several men got out of the car and chased the boy down a sidewalk on the 100 block of West Wyoming Avenue.

The assailants opened fire -- striking Jefferson 18 times. He ran another block before collapsing and was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital.

Police collected 35 spent shell casings near a Rite Aid pharmacy. More than a dozen bullet holes dotted one wall of the pharmacy.

The gunmen left the scene in a vehicle driven by a female. Police stopped the vehicle nearby and took the occupants into custody.

On Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner Ben Naish said three separate shooters in their 20s were involved in Jefferson's murder, according to 6 ABC News.

Naish said two suspects are in custody and three other suspects are still at large. A woman was reportedly cooperating in the investigation.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Naish urged the suspects to turn themselves in.

"They know who they are. I don't know what they're doing to try to hide their way or prevent them from being arrested," said Naish.

A source tells Action News that Jefferson may have been killed for taunting someone on social media.

Jefferson's family say his Instagram shows he messaged a fight video to someone approximately 15 minutes before he was killed.

Police say they are investigating whether the video was a factor in this case.

"Every time I close my eyes, I see my son," Denise Goodson told Fox 29 Philadelphia. "That's my son, I birthed him. He wanted to be somebody. He wanted to be known," she cried.
 

Samir's murder was the third in just 2 days in Philadelphia. A 16-year-old boy was shot dead the day before Samir was killed.

Police say social media drives most of the violent deaths of young people in Philly.

The city broke a longstanding record for homicides in one year with 508 in 2021.

"I don't care about no justice, I don't care about retaliation, I just want my son back. None of that can help me get my son back," Goodson cried out.

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Two gunmen chased a 14-year-old boy and shot him 18 times while he stood on a corner waiting for a SEPTA bus in Philadelphia on Monday.

Police say Samir Jefferson was standing on the corner of Sun and Wyoming avenues in the Feltonville neighborhood around 3:30 p.m. when a car pulled up and the gunmen stepped out and approached him.

The gunmen chased the boy -- firing 36 shots and hitting him 18 times.

"A car load, possibly one or two cars, pull up," said Chief Inspector Scott Small. "At least two males get out, and they start shooting and chasing this victim and the victim runs about a block east on Wyoming."

Samir was pronounced dead at 4 p.m. at Temple University Hospital.

The suspects fled in the vehicle which was stopped by police at the intersection of 5th Street and Somerville Avenue. Three suspects -- two men and a woman -- were taken into custody.

Police markers covered dozens of spent shell casings in the street outside a Rite Aid pharmacy and large caliber bullet holes dotted a wall of the pharmacy.

Multiple news outlets filmed CSI officers collecting evidence at the scene.

"Earlier today, we lost another young life to senseless gun violence--the fourth since yesterday," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said. "My heart grieves for the victims, their families, and this city."

Samir's murder occurred a day after a 16-year-old boy was shot eight times in North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia has recorded at least 508 homicides so far this year, making 2021 the deadliest year in the city's history.

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Last week, a story about a rape on an elevated SEPTA Market-Frankford train in Philadelphia went viral.

According to Upper Darby Police, a homeless man raped a barely conscious woman on board an El train - while riders pulled out their cell phones to callously record the scene.

"I can tell you that people were holding their phone up in the direction of this woman being attacked," said SEPTA chief Thomas Nestel III at the time.

"We want everyone to be angry, disgusted, and to join us in being resolute in keeping our system safe. We need the public to notify us when they see something that seems to be unusual."

Police arrested Fiston Ngoy, 35, who listed a homeless shelter in Philadelphia as his last address.

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If you wondered why no video of the incident had surface online, you're not alone. It turns out that no such videos exist.

In fact, according to Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer, some SEPTA riders may not have even known what was going on.

"There is a narrative out there that people sat there on the El train and watched this transpire and took videos of it for their own gratification," Stollsteimer said at a press conference on Thursday. "That is simply not true. It did not happen. We have security video from SEPTA that shows that is not the true narrative."

The police also said no one called them during the rape incident. That was also a lie. Someone on the train did call police, who arrived and pulled Ngoy off of the victim.

Anger and outrage exploded on Twitter.com on Monday.

Philly mag journalist Ernest Owens wrote: "And there you have it: The police lied big-fucking-time."

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