Police ask public for information, video involving shooting near Olney Transportation Center

Police on the scene of the shooting near Olney Transportation Center on Feb. 17.
Police on the scene of the shooting near Olney Transportation Center on Feb. 17. Photo credit Kristen Johanson/KYW Newsradio
By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia authorities are pressing the public for any information or video involving the shooting of eight people last Wednesday across the street from the Olney Transportation Center.

The eight wounded victims who range from ages 17 to 71 were waiting for the bus on the north side of Olney, near 13th Street, just before 3 p.m. when they heard the barrage of bullets, said Chief Inspector Frank Vanore.

“Philadelphia police, SEPTA police responded, ran towards the gunfire,” Vanore said.

Two people were stopped during those encounters. Both of them had guns, and both of them were carrying the guns illegally. They were arrested and charged, not for the shooting itself, but for having a gun — the two have criminal records and are prohibited from having a gun.

While Vanore said they “have direction” in the Olney shooting, they are still looking for more video.

“We know people have Ring cameras, cameras connected to vehicles, cell phones. If someone captured something that day, we urge them to give Northwest detectives a call,” he said.

Most victims were shot in the legs. The teenager had a graze wound, but two men, ages 48 and 71, were shot in the stomachs and are expected to survive.

Police say they don’t get the tips they need, and because of people wearing masks, it’s harder to identify suspects.

The public is asked to call Northwest detectives, call in an anonymous tip, or send an anonymous email through the Philadelphia police website if there is any information.