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17-year-old boy shot, killed in Southwest Philadelphia: Police

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A17-year-old boy was killed in a shooting at a rec center in the Kingsessing section of Philadelphia, police said.

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SHARRIE WILLIAMS: Friday night, I'm Sharrie Williams. Rick is off. The big story on "Action News" tonight is breaking news. Another teenager is dead after gunfire late tonight in the city of Philadelphia. The 17-year-old is the third teen killed in just two days time. This latest shooting comes as city leaders try to stem the violence. Action News Reporter, Bob Brooks, joining us now live from the latest scene-- this one in Kingsessing-- with the details from there tonight, Bob.

BOB BROOKS: Well, Sharrie, it's yet another shooting at another rec center here in Philadelphia. Behind me here, the scene not so active right now. But just a few minutes ago, it was very busy. The primary focus of it on the basketball court that we're zooming into and, again, the victim-- a 17-year-old boy.

Tonight, Philadelphia Police confirm a 17-year-old was shot and killed at the Frank Myers Recreation Center at 58th and Kingsessing Avenue. When we got to the scene, police were looking over the basketball court for evidence. This murder of yet another teen comes. A 16-year-old, Kyrie Simmons of West Philadelphia, was shot and killed yesterday evening playing basketball at the rec center at 55th and Christian Street. We spoke with his family earlier today.

- Curry was loved. He didn't deserve this. He did nothing. He just went-- he just left the house and just went to go play basketball with his friends. That was it.

BOB BROOKS: Police say, in that case, four males exited a small SUV and began shooting, striking Simmons and two other teenagers. Also yesterday, security video captures the sounds in part of a quadruple shooting in the 1,400 block of North 76th Street in Overbrook Park. Another 16-year-old was killed as well as a 24-year-old man there. And during a news conference at 55th and Christian, Mayor Jim Kenney said, the city will begin weekly updates on the epidemic of gun violence in the city.

JIM KENNEY: The briefings will be open to members of the media and streamed publicly on City of Philadelphia's Facebook page.

BOB BROOKS: And, Sharrie, what we're seeing right here is, right across the street from the rec center, a fire broke out. I was actually the one to tell police officers that it was, in fact, on fire. Luckily here, everyone made it out safe but very tragic for the family. The home is badly damaged. And then, of course, we had the fatal shooting right across the street, a tragic night here in Kingsessing.