Multiple gunshots erupted in Philadelphia, United States, at midnight, killing three and injuring nearly a dozen. Two of the victims have been identified as a 25-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man.
The incident took place shortly before midnight on Saturday when police on patrol heard multiple gunshots coming from the 200 block of South Street, according to reports.
People were enjoying the 50th anniversary of Philadelphia Pride celebrations across the city when the mass shooting took place.
Officers on patrol saw “several active shooters” firing into the crowd, Inspector DF Pace said, The New York Post reports.
Prior to this shooting, there had been nine separate shootings in the city between Friday night and Saturday. No arrests were made in any of these incidents, CBS Philadelphia reports.
An eyewitness said in a tweet that he saw “a lot of young kids doing stupid stuff, on the street and jumping on cars, then a guy in a hoodie pulled out a gun, 11 shell casings and 2 live ammunition on the ground”.
🚨BREAKING: At least ten shots fired near South and 4th Streets in Philadelphia just after 11:30 p.m. At least one of the injured has been pronounced dead, police said. Seven victims transported to Jefferson. Conditions unknown. Same area where a shooting happened last weekend. pic.twitter.com/Fe4ZwJIhjJ
— LockharTVMedia (@LockharTVMedia) June 5, 2022
Another witness, Smith, told the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, “Once it started. I didn’t think it was going to end. I just heard screams.
He told the newspaper that when he heard the shots, his mind went to the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde.
Police recovered two semi-automatic handguns from the scene of the shooting.
*Alert* Emergency personnel respond to a shooting incident in the 3rd and South Streets area. Several people were injured. Please avoid the area.
— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) June 5, 2022
Videos released on social media following the shooting showed large numbers of people surrounding police vehicles with blaring sirens.
Philadelphia police confirmed that several people were shot in the South Street area between the 3rd and 4th.
A tweet from the Philadelphia Police Department did not say how many people were shot, but the post said “several people were injured.” Police advised the public to avoid the area.
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