Posted December 13, 2012

Police: Bulls fans shot on Philadelphia train after win over Sixers

Ben Golliver, Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers
Wells Fargo Center

Both victims were reportedly in ‘stable’ condition in a Philadelphia-area hospital. (Matt Slocum/AP)

By Ben Golliver

Philadelphia police say two men were shot on a train after a game between the Bulls and the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the men were “Bulls fans bragging” after Chicago pulled off the 96-89 road victory.

The shooting happened around 10:40 p.m. after “a little bit of banter” between the two fans and two other people, described as between 16 and 19, at 46th and Market streets in West Philadelphia, police said.

One of the Bulls fans, a 36-year-old man, quarreled with the teens and was shot in the stomach as the teens exited the train at 46th street, according to Lt. John Walker. The other Bulls fan, a 30-year-old man, tried to calm things down and was shot in the thigh, he said.

Philadelphia Lieutenant John Walker described the scene in statements reported by CBSPhilly.com.

Detectives say a 35-year-old male wearing a Chicago Bulls jersey was on the Market Frankford El when two males, described as about 17-or-19 years old, started talking trash.

“The 35-year-old says ‘[L]isten man, this train’s filled with people, there’s young kids, there’s ladies in here, you need to watch your mouth young boy.’ Of course, that escalates it a little further and we have a 30-year-old male who’s on the train, who’s behind the 35-year-old who says ‘[L]isten it’s not worth it, these young boys, just let’s cool out,’” Walker explained.

Detectives say approximately 35 passengers were on-board the El train when the incident happened. No other injuries were reported.

“You can have disagreements, but the answer isn’t pulling out a gun and firing and trying to resolve it. It doesn’t make you a bigger man, it doesn’t make you a better person, it makes you an idiot,” Walker said.

ESPNChicago.com reports that both victims were in “stable” condition in a Philadelphia-area hospital and noted that it is “unclear” whether the victims had attended the game in person.

No arrests have been made.

Back in May, multiple people were shot just blocks from Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City after a playoff game between the Thunder and the Lakers. Oklahoma City police reported that the shooting did not occur in connection with the game but the Thunder shut down its popular outdoor viewing parties in “Bricktown” after the incident.

14 comments
thdurham
thdurham

Philadelphia, the city that loves you back!

 

...

 

Come on, someone had to say it.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

Cause everyone's got a gun these days...except the sane. When did American sports fans turn into hooligans?

StretchFourNBA
StretchFourNBA

Trust me, the typical Philly sports fan couldn't care less about the Sixers. Basketball is a very distant 4th in this city. I went to a Pacers - Sixers game here, and the only reactions I got were ones of confusion over why I was a Pacers fan in the first place (understandable).

 

BUT it is a typical example of the random acts of public violence that will rear its ugly head too often in this city. I love Philadelphia; I've traveled all over the US and Europe and I've yet to visit a place I'd rather live. But it is a scary place that has way too many uneducated poor people that are willing to hurt you for the dumbest reasons.

I Hate Syracuse
I Hate Syracuse

This is not about being a Philly fan. It is about kids with guns out late at night. Kids do not have the resources to go to a professional sporting event. They were shut by thugs. They game had little to do with this.

LanceLansing
LanceLansing

I am laughing out loud. No arrests have been made. I guess all the police offers in Philly were too busy writing parking and speeding tickets.

danny whatley
danny whatley

Typical Philly fan-does not matter what sport.

steginkt
steginkt

No arrests have been made?!?!?  really......

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @StretchFourNBA

Dude, where exactly did you travel in the US and Europe that is worse than Philly? Were you restricted to trailer parks and eastern european refugee camps? And the Pacers? Minds are spinning like tops...

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @I Hate Syracuse

 Those "kids" just shot away any chance at a future as a free, productive citizen...and their anal virginity.

StretchFourNBA
StretchFourNBA

 @M as in Mancy  @StretchFourNBA Ha! Well I played in a band for a while that played pretty much every major city in Western Europe and the US. To be fair, I wouldn't say Philly is the "nicest" place. But it has a ton of great stuff going on, whether it's music, restaurants, bars, sports... whatever you're into, it's happening here. It's also incredibly cheap; you can get a mansion here for the same price as a studio in Manhattan. Yeah, it can be pretty ghetto and has too much crime, but it's typically easy enough to avoid and you learn where to go/not to go, things to do/not to do. It also sort of keeps this city grounded and blue-collar, which is something I appreciate. It's also on the upswing; the once bombed out neighborhoods and buildings are turning into nice things again.

 

As for the Pacers, I grew up in the middle of Virginia and made tons of threes with Reggie Miller in Tecmo Super Basketball when I was 5. What can I say, it stuck.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @StretchFourNBA  Fair enough. I actually have nothing against Philly. In fact I judge a city by the people and I have some great friends from Pennsylvania and Philly. It sounds like every other metro area. Nothing wrong with any team with Reggie Miller on it. I'm surprised that he's even in a video game considering that he played around the time electricity was discovered.

 

We're just required to make comments about Philly, San Francisco, and beefy women of Wisconsin. It's part of the forum terms and conditions...