An argument over the Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA game ended up in a shooting. Two people were injured as a result of the incident.
On Wednesday, there was the NBA game between the Chicago Bulls against the Philadelphia 76ers which resulted in the victory of the former. Typically, fans of rival teams engage in conversation and heated debate on such games. Unfortunately, such heated conversations ends up in violence in which people can get hurt. There are circumstances in which someone might be packing some heat. In that game, it was the Bulls that were the away team. The game was held at the Walls Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
So far, this is one incident that can be stacked onto the growing number of gun-related incidents in this year. That includes the mass shootings. On Friday, December 14, the Connecticut town of Newtown unfortunately played host to what has been made the 2nd deadliest shooting in the United States. The shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown forcibly dragged the gun control legislation issue back onto the debate table due to the circumstances.
The shooting took place late at night on the SEPTA which is the subway service in Philadelphia. According to surveillance footage at the 46th Street station, where the shooting took place, there was an argument between passengers. It was one of those typical heated debate between teams. The two passengers injured in the shooting were fans of the Chicago Bulls. However, it's unknown if the two people attended the game.
In the surveillance video, one of the two perpetrators exits the subway car. Very shortly after, the perpetrator simply pulls out a gun and fires shots into the subway car. The video shows the incident from outside and inside the subway car. One victim got hit in the stomach while the other was hit in the thigh. The one shot in the stomach remains in critical condition while the one shot in the thigh remains in stable condition. Both men that were shot were in their 30s while the perpetrators were in their teens.
Yesterday morning, authorities identified the suspects as two brothers: Eric and Matthew Early. The brothers are currently being sought out by authorities. Residents of Philadelphia have expressed their shock, surprise, and grief over the shootings. One person commented about the city being a tough sports town and that such an incident isn't surprising but it is still a shame. Due to the ages of the two shooters, this incident can be attached to the gun control issue which has been resurrected in wake of Sandy Hook.