Police on Wednesday arrested Alex Barreto, 30, after three teenagers were shot dead in an ambush in Philadelphia. Cops say the boys drove to the man's house planning to fight with his stepsons. WCAU-TV's Tim Furlong reports.
Police late Wednesday arrested a man after three teenagers were shot dead in an ambush in Philadelphia, according to a report.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that another teenager was also wounded in the attack Tuesday night.
Police told the paper on that night seven teenage boys had got into a Toyota Corolla and gone looking for a fight with three brothers, after an argument that had begun in school and continued on Facebook.
The boys in the car drove to a house to wait for a planned fight, but police said a man in a hoodie came up to the car and fired up to 12 shots at point-blank range, the Inquirer reported.
Joshua Soto, 14, and Javier Orlandi, 16, were pronounced dead shortly after and Dante Lugo, 14, died Wednesday night in hospital.
"There very easily could have been seven dead teenagers in that car. He just randomly fired," Capt. James Clark told the paper.
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A group of friends gather near the scene of a shooting where candles, a teddy bear, and photos have been left Wednesday.
It reported that Axel Barreto, 30, stepfather to the three brothers, was arrested Wednesday night.
The Inquirer said Michael Nutter, Philadelphia's mayor, visited schools attended by the children involved Wednesday.
At Mariana Bracetti Academy, a middle school attended by one teen in the car, he told students that they were "in a great school, in a loving environment with people who really care about you."
"Stay in school. Stay positive. Stay focused. You're doing great work. We just came here to say that we love you and care about you," Nutter said, according to the paper.
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