Three people have been killed and 15 injured in a mass shooting in Philadelphia on Saturday night after a gunman opened fire in an area popular with weekend revelers.
Two of the victims have been identified as a 25-year-old woman and 22-year-old man.
The suspect is among those who were injured and is being treated at a local hospital for a non-life threatening injury.
A police source told ABC Philadelphia that when officers arrived at the scene just before midnight, they encountered a male suspect who was firing into a crowd.
An officer shot three times at the suspect. No officers were injured in the shooting.
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, reports CBS Philadelphia.
Video in the aftermath of the shooting showed a large number of police vehicles at the scene
In a tweet, Inquirer reporter Max Marin called the area ‘a popular weekend strip’
One of those people being treated in a local hospital is considered a suspect in the shooting
In a tweet, Inquirer reporter Max Marin called the area ‘a popular weekend strip.’ Marin later tweeted evidence of ‘pandemonium stretching several blocks’, pointing to broken car windows and knocked over trash cans.
Not all of those who were injured were shot, reports the Inquirer. One of those people being treated in a local hospital is considered a suspect in the shooting. He was shot in the forearm, it’s not clear if he was shot by a police officer.
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.
Raw video in the aftermath of the shooting showed a large number of people surrounding police vehicles with sirens blaring.
Police in Philadelphia confirmed that multiple people were shot in the area of South Street between 3rd and 4th.
A tweet from the Philadelphia Police Department did no specify how many people have been shot but the message stated that: ‘Several people have been injured.’ The police advised the public to avoid the area.
Seven victims were taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, including the deceased person. Five people, one of whom is the suspect, were taken to Pennsylvania Hospital. Three others were taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
Smith had been at the Theater of the Living Arts venue in the neighborhood where the band Dying Fetus had been performing.
Elsewhere in the city, Mary J. Blige headlined the Roots Picnic concert at Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.
Revelers were also enjoying the 50th anniversary of Philadelphia’s Pride celebrations throughout the city.
This is the same location were one person was shot after a female suspect fired multiple shots around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday. No arrests were made in that shooting that wounded one male in the shoulder.
He was sent to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in stable condition, reported ABC Philadelphia.
Prior to tonight’s shootings, there have been 743 nonfatal and 188 fatal shootings in Philadelphia in 2022.
On the morning of the shooting, a pregnant woman was fatally shot in the head in the city’s Port Richard neighborhood.
The woman was 34 weeks pregnant, staff at Temple University Hospital were able to safely deliver the baby, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.