An investigation in Philadelphia continues after the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy. According to CBS News, Neko Rivera has been identified as the 78th Philadelphia public school student to be shot, and the 17th student to be killed.
On Monday, at around noon, Rivera was shot a total of ten times- five times in the torso and five times in the leg. He then was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he sadly succumbed to his wounds minutes later.
Despite Rivera being enrolled as a freshman at Kensington High School, The shooting occurred just blocks away from Fels High School, which is 5.2 miles away. According to CBS News Philadelphia, a fight had occurred at Fels High School hours before the shooting, involving those who do not attend the school, causing a lockdown. Police have not determined if the two separate incidents are related, but the district is offering counseling to the students and staff at each of the two high schools.
Authorities are now searching for at least three gunman who are accused of chasing Rivera through a housing complex prior to the attack. Their motive remains unknown, but police officials say they will begin the investigation by checking security footage throughout the neighborhood.