Wilshaun McAfee, 31, of 222 Martin Luther King Dr.,  is wanted on charges of  aggravated assault and shooting into a Head Start Center Monday morning.  Anyone knowing McAfee's whereabout was asked to call the police department at 601-656-2131.
Wilshaun McAfee, 31, of 222 Martin Luther King Dr., is wanted on charges of aggravated assault and shooting into a Head Start Center Monday morning. Anyone knowing McAfee's whereabout was asked to call the police department at 601-656-2131.
A Philadelphia man is wanted in connection with the shooting which sent a bullet through an occupied classroom at Exhibit Hall Head Start Center on Carver Avenue Monday morning.

Wilshaun McAfee, 31, of 222 Martin Luther King Dr., is wanted on charges of aggravated assault and shooting into an occupied dwelling, said Philadelphia Assistant Police Chief Julian Greer.

Anyone knowing McAfee's whereabout was asked to call the police department at 601-656-2131.

No one was injured when the bullet shattered a window, came through a 3 and 4-year-old classroom and struck near a garbage can.

Police Investigator Fredesz Moore said officers responded to a report of shots being fired in that area Monday shortly after 8:30 a.m.

Head Start Center Administrator Patty Curtis said a teacher and two students were in the classroom when the shooting occurred.

"The police found the bullet on the floor," she said. "A couple of children where sitting on a rug in the room. The teacher took them out of the classroom. We called 911."

Authorities believe that McAfee fired up to six shots at an alleged victim in the vicinity of Head Start which is housed in the old Booker T. Washington School.

"The two had exchanged words over the weekend," Moore said.

The two men confronted each other in separate vehicles Monday morning and during a short pursuit the alleged victim's vehicle was struck by two bullets, one in the back window and the other on the side, Moore said.
"One bullet actually struck the school," he said.

The alleged victim filed a report with the police department charging that McAfee fired the handgun, Moore said.

Mayor James A. Young said it was fortunate that no one was injured in the shooting.

There were fewer students in the classroom at the time of the shooting than usual, Mayor Young said, because it is Columbus Day, as well as fall break for both the city and county schools.

"A lot of parents were off today. By the grace of God the classroom was not full," Young said.

Greer "applauded the community" for its response in identifying the alleged shooter.

"Today's community response was better than we've had in a long time," he said. "It was really good today."

The case remains under investigation.