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