Multiple shooters opened fire on the South Street area of Philadelphia’s entertainment district, killing at least three and injuring eleven others, police said.
Officers patrolling South Street witnessed gunfire and saw “several active shooters” shooting into the crowd, said Philadelphia Police Inspector D.F. Pace.
At a press conference on Sunday, Danielle Outlaw, Philadelphia Police Commissioner, stated that the shooting began at 11:31 p.m. on Saturday.
South Street officers “observed many civilians with gunshot wounds lying on the sidewalk or in the street. She added that the officers began to render first aid to injured people.
Outlaw stated that five guns were used in the shooting incident. She said that one gunman was likely to have been shot and injured but managed to escape the police. Another gunman suspected of being involved in a physical altercation is likely among the three victims.
Outlaw stated that the other victims were innocent bystanders.
According to Pace, two handguns, one with an extended magazine and one with a loaded pistol, were found. The shooting was not connected to any arrests.
Outlaw stated that at this time, it was unclear if the altercation occurred between individuals or whether it was linked to any other group or affiliation.
Outlaw stated that a police officer saw a man fire a gun into a crowd. Outlaw also said that he fired several shots in the direction of the unknown male and believed he was striking him. “The unknown male ran southbound on 600 American Street after dropping his gun on the sidewalk. The male ran southbound on 600 American Street and was soon lost.
According to police, the victims were Gregory Jackson (34), Alexis Quinn (27), and a 22-year-old man whose identity was not released.
According to a press release, one of the eleven victims sustained gunshot wounds and was listed in critical condition on Sunday evening by police. They range in age between 17 and 69.
Outlaw stated that the investigation is still in its infancy and that the shooting was just one of many in the area on Saturday night. She said that it’s still not known if the shootings were connected.
Outlaw stated that “Yesterday was an awful day for Philadelphia.” “While many were enjoying the beautiful day in Philadelphia, a horrible and unthinkable act occurred in a popular tourist and local hangout.”
The commissioner stated that police cooperate with federal and state authorities in the investigation. The FBI is also providing resources. For information leading to an arrest, police offer a $20,000 reward and encourage witnesses to come forward.
Outlaw stated that “Hundreds and even hundreds of people were there last night.”.
The two victims’ identities, one man and one woman, have not been revealed.
CNN confirmed that the violence in Philadelphia was the ninth mass shooting in the US this weekend. According to Gun Violence Archive, there have been 246 mass shootings this year in the US.
“The spike in gun violence we’ve seen across America — and here in Philadelphia — makes it not only heartbroken but also angry,” Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia stated Sunday.
“Once more, we see lives lost and people injured in yet another horrific, brazen, and despicable act involving gun violence.”
According to the official Twitter account, the mayor ordered a curfew for a portion of downtown Philadelphia from 8 p.m. on Sunday to 6 a.m. on Monday. This was due to “patterns in recent violence in this area and ongoing safety concerns.”
This order prohibits all vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Residents, employees of local property owners, licensed medical personnel, law enforcement officers, and media members are exempted from it.
Pace stated that South Street is “respected for being a corridor full of entertainment” and has many bars and restaurants.
“Hundreds of people enjoyed South Street as they did every weekend when the shooting broke out.
It is not clear what the motives were for the shootings.
Police confirmed that officers in uniform were more present on Philadelphia’s streets Saturday night, following several events in the city. Police confirmed that officers would be more visible Sunday night after the Saturday shootings.
“People shouldn’t be afraid. They shouldn’t be afraid. Last night’s events were a terrible atrocity. It’s not something we see every day. This is not something I want to be normalized. Outlaw stated that this isn’t normal in Philadelphia and that no one should assume that it is.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 239 mass shootings this year. CNN and the archive define mass shootings as any incident in which at most four people are killed, except the shooter.
“We cannot tolerate continued violence”
Mayor said he was fed up with gun violence and demanded stronger laws to prevent violent people from getting guns.
“We can’t accept violence as a way to live in this country.” Kenney stated that until we address the accessibility and ease of firearms, it will be a difficult battle.
“I will continue fighting to protect our communities, and I urge others to advocate stronger laws to keep guns from being used by violent individuals.”
This shooting in Philadelphia follows back-to-back high-profile shootings at supermarkets in Buffalo, New York, Uvalde, Texas, and Tulsa (Oklahoma).
According to police, three people were shot and killed in Chattanooga on Sunday morning.
Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly vented frustration to reporters Sunday, saying, “I’m tired standing in front you talking about weapons and bodies.”
Larry Krasner, Philadelphia District Attorney, called for the National Rifle Association lobbyists and donations boycott.
Krasner tweeted Sunday after the “terrible crime last night on South Street” message.
“Boycott NRA lobbyists and boycott NRA donations to bring common-sense gun regulation to Pennsylvania. Now.”