Police: 19-year-old dead after shooting near N. Philly Catholic school, suspects in custody

Police at in North Philadelphia after a shooting.
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A 19-year-old girl is dead after Wednesday's shooting outside a North Philadelphia Catholic school, but police believe they may already have the suspects.

Yaniyah Foster, 19, was sitting on the steps of the St. Malachy Catholic School near 11th and Thompson streets, where three other men were standing nearby. Shortly after 3:30 p.m., two other men approached and started shooting.

“It was shortly after school dismissal, so this could have been much worse than it turned out to be, as horrible as it was,” noted Homicide Capt. Jason Smith.

Foster was fatally shot in the head and collapsed. The other men ran, but one fired back.

An innocent 23-year-old bystander was also shot in the head while in his car and remains in critical condition. Another 23-year-old was shot in the foot.

Smith said a 25-year-old, who was shot in the arm, may be the one who started the gunfire.

“There were two individuals that showed up at the hospital in a silver Dodge Charger,” he said. “One of those was a shooting victim; the other was a juvenile.”

Guns were found inside the cars that matched the types of cartridge casings — 22 in total — found at the scene.

Both males were taken into custody and are being questioned, as detectives also review surveillance video.

Police are still looking for the other person who fired back.