New Adult Charges Filed Against Youths in Ramadan Celebration Shooting

Gunfire Erupts at Philadelphia Eid al-Fitr Event, Injuring Three

Philadelphia authorities have announced new, more serious charges against four juveniles arrested in connection with a shooting that marred the city’s Eid al-Fitr celebration earlier this month.

Youths Face Adult Charges for Gun Violence

On Friday, prosecutors revealed that the 15- and 16-year-old suspects, initially facing firearm charges, will now be tried as adults. These individuals will be charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy, simple assault, and reckless endangerment on top of the existing firearms counts. Additionally, a 21-year-old man faces weapons charges related to the incident.

Festive Event Turns Chaotic

The shooting unfolded on April 10th at Clara Muhammad Square in Philadelphia’s Parkside neighborhood. The annual Eid al-Fitr event, marking the end of Ramadan, was disrupted by approximately 30 gunshots fired around 2:30 p.m.

Attendees Flee for Safety

Police reported nearly 1,000 people, including many families, were present at the celebration. Witnesses described the chaos as attendees scrambled for safety, running towards tents, hiding behind trees, and dropping to the ground to shield themselves and their children from the gunfire.

Three Wounded in Shooting

Tragically, the gunfire resulted in three injuries. A 15-year-old suspect sustained wounds to his leg and shoulder after being shot by police. Additionally, a man and another juvenile were shot, the latter suffering a hand injury.