Report: Police Say Philadelphia Teen Killed In Dispute Over A Cellphone

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Bradley Devlin General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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Philadelphia police are looking for the killer of a 17-year-old who they say was fatally shot after a dispute over a cellphone Tuesday morning, 6abc reports.

The shooting occurred on the 2200 block of Edgley Street in North Philadelphia between 1 and 2 o’clock in the morning, according to 6abc.

The 17-year-old victim was reportedly with a friend dropping off some girls at the Edgley Street location. Police say at some point a group of males approached the females and the victim. (RELATED:Woman Who Punched Philadelphia Churchgoer Will Not Be Charged, Police Say)

Investigators reportedly claim a dispute over a cellphone ensued, which resulted in the 17-year-old being shot multiple times.

The teen was pronounced dead shortly after the victim’s arrival at the hospital, according to 6abc.

The Philadelphia Police Department did not provide a comment to the Daily Caller at time of publication, but police are asking those with information about the incident to step forward and contact authorities.

Like many of the nation’s major cities, Philadelphia has encountered a surge in homicide, aggravated assault with a gun, and burglaries over the course of the coronavirus pandemic and social unrest, initially sparked by the killing of George Floyd by police. The Philadelphia Police Department statistics show 301 people have been victims of homicide as of August 31. That marks a 31% year-over-year increase compared to 2019. Aggravated assault with a gun has increased 33.5% year-over-year, and commercial burglary has increased a staggering 171.7% compared to this time last year.