PHILADELPHIA – Gunfire killed three people and wounded at least 11 others late Saturday night in a popular entertainment district in downtown Philadelphia, authorities said.
Police officers were patrolling South Street in downtown Philadelphia when they heard multiple gunshots and saw several suspects shooting into a large crowd just before midnight, Police Inspector DF Pace said during a news conference.
An officer shot one of the suspects from about 30 feet away, but it’s unclear if the suspect was hit, Pace said.
“You can imagine there were hundreds of people just enjoying South Street like they are doing every single weekend when this shooting broke out,” Pace said.
Two men and a woman were among the dead in the shooting, he said. Their names have not been released by the authorities. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital spokesman Damien Woods said of the 10 patients who came to the hospital, three were dead, six were stable and one had been discharged.
Two handguns were seized, including one with an extended magazine, police said. No arrests were made.
South Street is well known for its entertainment and nightlife with several bars, restaurants and shops. A local business surveillance video posted by WTXF-TV showed dozens of people milling on the sidewalks and streets, then suddenly began fleeing en masse as the shooting began.
Pace said police expect to be able to collect “a lot of CCTV footage” from the many shops along the street later in the day to try to identify suspects.
Mayor Jim Kenney called the shooting “more than devastating.”
“Once again we see senselessly lost lives and injuries in yet another horrific, brazen and despicable act of gun violence,” he said in a statement Sunday morning. “My heart goes out to the family, friends and loved ones of those who have been lost or hurt and to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.”
Kenney said the rise in gun violence in the city and across the country “makes me not only heartbroken but angry.” to firearms”.
Eric Walsh, who shut down the outdoor seating area of a bar down the block, told the Philadelphia Inquirer the scene was “chaos”. He said he saw a young woman fall to the ground on the corner.
“People came off the street with blood spattered on white sneakers and scraped knees and scraped elbows,” Walsh said. “We literally just balled up napkins, wet them and gave them to people.”
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