‘Several active shooters’ in a popular Philadelphia area leave 3 people dead and 11 others wounded
Updated 7:15 PM ET, Sun June 5, 2022
(CNN)A bustling entertainment district turned into a scene of carnage when multiple shooters opened fire in the South Street area of Philadelphia, killing at least three people and injuring 11 others, police said.
Officers patrolling the South Street area heard gunfire and observed “several active shooters shooting into the crowd,” said Philadelphia Police Inspector D.F. Pace.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at a news conference Sunday the shooting started at roughly 11:31 p.m. Saturday.
The officers stationed on South Street “observed several civilians suffering from gunshot wounds, lying on the sidewalk and in the street.” The officers then began rendering first aid to those who were injured, she added.
Outlaw said five guns were used by the shooters after a possible “physical altercation.” One gunman was likely shot and wounded but escaped police, she said; another suspected gunman, who may have been involved in the physical altercation, is likely among the three people killed.
The other two victims are believed to be innocent bystanders, Outlaw said.
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Two handguns were recovered at the scene, including one with an extended magazine, according to Pace. No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.
“At this point we don’t know whether or not the altercation that took place was between a group of individuals, or if this was tied to another group or affiliation,” Outlaw said.
One officer who saw a man firing a handgun into a large crowd drew his weapon and “fired several times in the direction of the unknown male, we believe striking him,” Outlaw said. “The unknown male dropped his handgun on the sidewalk, and ran southbound on 600 American Street. The male was then lost in the area.”
The three people killed were ages 22, 27 and 34. The 11 injured in the shooting are between 17 to 69 years old, and their conditions range from stable to critical, according to the commissioner.
Outlaw said the investigation is in its early stages and the incident was one of several shootings in the area Saturday evening. It’s not clear yet whether the shootings are connected, she said.
Police said hundreds of people were in the South Street area just before gunfire broke out.
“Yesterday was a dark day for Philadelphia,” Outlaw said. “And while many of us were out enjoying the beautiful day in the city, a horrendous and unthinkable act happened in a very popular local and tourist hangout.”
Police are working with state and federal authorities on the investigation and the FBI is assisting with resources, the commissioner said. Police are offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and have urged any witnesses to come forward.
“Hundreds and hundreds of people were out there last night,” Outlaw said.
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The identities of the two men and one woman killed have not been released.
The violence in Philadelphia marked the ninth mass shooting in the US just this weekend, CNN has confirmed. This year, there have been at least 246 mass shootings in the US, according to the non-profit organization Gun Violence Archive.
“The surge in gun violence that we’ve seen across the nation — and here in Philadelphia — makes me not just heartbroken, but angry,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said Sunday.
“Once again, we see lives senselessly lost and those injured in yet another horrendous, brazen and despicable act of gun violence.”