3 dead, 11 wounded in shooting in downtown Philadelphia
Difficulties securing public spaces known as “soft targets” from active shooters
Philadelphia — Three people were killed and at the minimum 11 others were wounded by gunfire from multiple shooters in a popular downtown Philadelphia entertainment district late Saturday night, authorities said. One other person was injured in a fight, CBS Philly reports.
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said Sunday that they believe one of the people who was killed, a 34-year-old man, was “involved in a physical altercation with another male that was, potentially, the genesis of the shooting. These individuals ultimately began firing at one another, with both being hit, one fatally.”
The other two who were killed were not identified, but Outlaw described them as a 27-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man.
Outlaw said police believe the other two who were killed, along with “several” of those who were wounded were innocent bystanders.
Authorities at the aftermath of a shooting in downtown Philadelphia on Sunday, June 5, 2022.
Police officers were patrolling the area on South Street in downtown Philadelphia around 11:30 p.m. when they heard multiple gunshots, Outlaw said. The officers responding to the scene saw several people experiencing from gunshot wounds and one officer saw a speculate firing a handgun into a crowd of people, Outlaw said.
An officer shot at the speculate who was firing into the crowd, and Philadelphia police believe the officer hit the speculate, Outlaw said.
“The unknown male dropped his gun on the sidewalk and ran southbound,” Outlaw said, adding that the speculate was then “lost in the area.”
The wounded victims’ ages ranged from 17 to 69 years old and their conditions as of Sunday evening ranged from stable to basic, Outlaw said. Earlier in the day, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital spokesperson Damien Woods said, of the 10 patients who came to the hospital, three were dead, six were in stable condition and one had been discharged.
Two handguns were recovered, including one with an extended magazine, police said. No arrests have been made.
South Street is known for its entertainment venues and night life with multiple bars, restaurants and businesses. Surveillance video from a local business posted by WTXF-TV showed scores of people milling about on the sidewalks and in the street who then suddenly began to flee en masse as the gunfire began.
Police Inspector D. F. speed said police expect to be able to gather “a lot of video surveillance footage” from the many businesses along the street later in the day to try to clarify suspects.
Mayor Jim Kenney called the shooting “beyond devastating.”
“Once again, we see lives senselessly lost and those injured in however another horrendous, brazen and despicable act of gun violence,” he said in a statement Sunday morning. “My heart is with the family, friends, loved ones of those lost or injured, and with everyone impacted by this terrible tragedy. “
Kenney said the surge in gun violence in the city and across the nation “makes me not just heartbroken, but angry.” He said, however, fighting it would be “an uphill battle” without measures to address the “availability and ease of access to firearms.”
Eric Walsh, closing up the outdoor seating area of a bar along the block, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the scene was “chaos.” He said he saw a young woman collapse to the ground on the corner.
“People were coming off the street with blood splatters on white sneakers and skinned knees and skinned elbows,” Walsh said. “We literally just were balling up napkins and wetting them and handing them to people.”
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