Two dead, 8 hurt at teenager party

SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2011

CHESTER, Pa. – Shots rang out in a suburban Philadelphia social hall where a teenage party was being held, killing two people and sending eight others to hospitals, authorities said Saturday.

Police in Chester said a suspect was taken into custody after officers were called to the Minaret Temple No. 174 around 11:30 p.m. Friday and found “numerous victims.”

Police said nine people were transported to Crozer Chester Medical Center, where a spokesman said one died soon afterward and another died Saturday afternoon.

The social hall had been rented for a party, and many teenagers were present when the shots were fired, police said. Detectives were investigating the cause of the shooting and declined to release further information.

The Delaware County Daily Times newspaper said community leaders planned a candlelight vigil at the scene Saturday night.

Mayor Wendell Butler said he was disheartened to arrive and find 13-year-olds from Philadelphia who had come for the party.

“I asked one of them, ‘How did you know about this?’ He said, ‘It was on Facebook,’ ” Butler said. “I said, ‘Does your mother know where you are?’ It’s like 11 o’clock at night. He tells me she doesn’t care. And I said, ‘Oh, my goodness. I guess that’s part of the problem.’ ”


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