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4 people were wounded in a shooting near Temple University’s campus

Lance Colter and David Flores of Rabinowitz Glass board up shattered windows at 10th and Diamond streets near Temple University in Philadelphia on Sunday, March 19, 2023. Four people were shot at the corner overnight, police said. (Monica Herndon/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Four people were wounded in a shooting outside a hookah lounge at the edge of Temple University’s North Philadelphia campus early Sunday morning, police said.

According to police, the shooting occurred just before 3 a.m. outside the Hubble Bubble Hookah Lounge at 10th and Diamond Streets — near the practice facility for Temple’s football team.

Police said the shooting stemmed from a dispute at the lounge, where a 23-year-old man was removed by security. Outside the business, police said, the man turned and pointed a weapon at the security guard, who shot the man in his side.

The man then shot back, police said, striking three women: A 20-year-old woman was shot in the arm; a 19-year-old woman was shot in the leg; and a 47-year-old woman was shot in the arm.

According to police, all four people were taken to Temple University Hospital. The three women were listed in stable condition, and the man was in critical condition, police said.

Police said Sunday afternoon that they recovered the weapon, and that the man was in custody. But they would not comment on the status of the security guard who they said shot the man.

Temple University did not immediately respond to a request for comment but reportedly told 6ABC that the people who were shot were not students.

On Sunday morning, several bullet holes were visible as workers boarded up Hubble Bubble’s windows and swept glass from the sidewalk outside. The lounge, closed Sunday for business, did not respond to a message seeking comment.

The shooting comes amid increasing concern surrounding gun violence in neighborhoods near the university and around the city.

As of last Wednesday, 318 people have been shot this year in Philadelphia. Of those victims, 66 have died.


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