- –Philadelphia Police were called to an area popular with weekend revelers late on Saturday night after hearing reports of multiple gunshots
- –Reports say that as many as 14 people have been wounded while three people are dead following the attack
- –The suspect is among the injured and is being treated at a local hospital with a wound to his forearm
- –Prior to this shooting, there had been 9 shootings in less than 24 hours in Philadelphia with zero arrests made
- –The shooting occurred on the same days that a heavily pregnant woman was shot dead in the city, doctors later successfully delivered her baby
A huge manhunt is underway after multiple shooters opened fire into a large crowd of revelers in downtown Philadelphia Saturday night, leaving three dead and more than a dozen injured.
Police said at least 14 people were struck when the shooting broke out on the city’s popular South Street just before midnight. Two men, one aged 22, and a 25-year-old woman were killed in the barrage of gunfire.
One of the shooters was last seen fleeing the scene after a cop shot the suspect three times, prompting the individual to flee. It is unclear if the gunman was struck.
Another suspected gunman is receiving treatment at a nearby hospital after being shot in the forearm, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Police said there were ‘several active shooters’ but have not said exactly how many suspects they are pursuing.
No arrests have been made but that two weapons were recovered at the scene. One of the guns had an extended magazine, Police Inspector D. F. Pace confirmed.
Prior to this shooting, were nine separate shootings in the city between Friday night and Saturday. No arrests have been made in any of those incidents.
Saturday’s attack is the latest in a string of vicious shootings that have ripped across the US in recent weeks, including in one at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma and at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Philadelphia police rushed to the 200 block of South Street, between 2nd and 3rd streets, shortly before midnight after hearing a flurry of gunshots ring out.
When they got to the scene they saw multiple shooters firing into a large downtown crowd.
An officer fired his gun at one of the shooters, Pace said during a news conference, however it is unclear if the suspect was hit.
‘He was within 10 to 15 yards of the shooter, watching this person shoot into the crowd when the officer engaged with that shooter,’ Pace told reporters. ‘As a result of that brave officer, that individual – again, we’re uncertain whether he was struck or not – but the officer was able to get that individual to drop his gun and flee.’
Seven victims were taken to nearby Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with injuries from the shooting, a hospital spokesperson told The Inquirer. One was reported dead on arrival and four others were in stable condition.
Five people were taken to Pennsylvania Hospital, including one of the suspect. The accused gunman had been shot in the arm.
Three other victims were taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown.
Not all of those who were injured were shot. One of those people being treated in a local hospital is considered a suspect in the shooting.
There could be additional victims not yet accounted for, such as those who were privately taken to the hospital.https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10886099/At-13-shot-3-dead-popular-weekend-strip-Philadelphia.html#v-3253163494328123501
One eye witness said in a tweet that he saw ‘Lots of young kids out doing dumb stuff, in the street & jumping on cars & then a guy in a hoodie pulled a gun out, 11 casings & 2 live rounds on the ground.’
A witness to the shooting, Joe Smith, told the Inquirer: ‘Once it started I didn’t think it was going to stop. here was guttural screaming. I just heard screams.’ Smith told the newspaper that when he heard the gunshots, his mind went to the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde.
Smith had been at the Theater of the Living Arts venue in the neighborhood where the band Dying Fetus had been performing.
‘There was guttural screaming. I just heard screams,’ he recalled, adding how after he heard the shots, he and other revelers ran down South Street, towards 4th and Bainbridge Streets, to seek safety.
Another witness, Eric Walsh, said he was closing up the outdoor seating area at O’Neals bar on Third Street when he heard shots ring out.
Walsh ushered two customers inside the bar after watching a woman collapse to ground on the corner of Third and South Streets, which he says was less than a quarter-mile away.
‘People were coming off the street with blood splatters on white sneakers and skinned knees and skinned elbows,’ Walsh told the newspaper. ‘We literally just were balling up napkins and wetting them and handing them to people… it was chaos.’
South Street area resident Maureen Long told NBC 10 she is ‘furious’ about the string of mass shootings plaguing the U.S.
‘I am furious, not just for my neighborhood, for the whole country. If I hear one more time ‘thoughts and prayers’ – bull****,’ she stated.
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