The emotional fallout from the quintuple shooting outside of Roxborough High School that left a 14-year-old football player dead is impacting many in the community. The daily assault of gun violence creates a lot of anxiety.
"It does not feel like a city," Einstein Medical Center Dr. Erica Harris said. "It feels like a warzone."
Harris is on the front lines of the war in the emergency department at Einstein Medical Center, where she says there's a never-ending arrival of gunshot victims who are getting younger and younger.
"It's very traumatizing for us to care for these victims," Harris said, "especially multiple victims at one time."
She says the trauma teams are trained professionals who focus on patients and medical interventions, but there's no escaping the emotional challenges of treating young football players with gunshot injuries.
"I'm a physician, but I'm also a mom and I have little children," Harris said. "My son just started football and it's hard not to see my son in that, that that could be my child. And that's what I think of when I'm talking to parents of victims."
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