A $30,000 reward is being offered in the search for a third suspect in a Philadelphia mass shooting that erupted in bustling South Street on Saturday night and left three people dead and 12 injured, authorities said.
The Philadelphia Police Department released a series of security video clips and stills showing the teenage suspect from multiple angles on South Street at the time of the shooting.
“This man is considered armed and dangerous,” police said in a statement.
The episode was one of at least 11 mass shootings across the country over the weekend, including one that left three dead and 11 injured in Chattanooga, Tennessee, another in which three people were killed during of a graduation party in Socorro, Texas, yet another that killed a 14-year-old girl and injured eight people at a Phoenix mall.
A total of 17 people were killed and 62 were injured in the mass shootings.
As the search for the third suspect in the Philadelphia shooting continued on Wednesday, the House Oversight Committee was holding a gun violence hearing in which survivors and relatives of those killed in recent mass shootings in a elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and a Buffalo, New York, supermarket testified.
The Philadelphia shooting happened just before midnight Saturday when a physical confrontation in the street prompted several people to open fire near the intersection of South and Second streets, which was teeming with people at the time.
Two of the three people killed and many people injured were innocent bystanders, police said. Police initially said 11 people were injured, but that number was revised to 12 in the police department’s latest statement.
Police said four or five different firearms were used in the shooting and two, including an untraceable ghost weapon – a firearm without a serial number – with an extended magazine, were found at a scene of crime two blocks away.
Investigators said warrants for the arrest of other suspects may be issued as the investigation progresses.
Police said the wanted suspect still at large is black, in his late teens, tall and burly, of light to average height and with bushy hair. He was wearing a COVID-style mask and a black hooded shirt with distinctive markings, police said. Video released by police showed the suspect wearing dark sneakers with brightly colored shoelaces as he entered stores and mingled with people on the street.
Two other suspects have been arrested and charged in the shooting. Arrest warrants were issued on Monday for Quran Garner, 18, and Rashaan Vereen, 34.
Garner, who was shot in the hand by a police officer during Saturday’s episode, was already in custody at a hospital when Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced Monday that he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated assault on the law. enforcement agents.
Vereen was arrested by US Marshals Monday afternoon at a home in South Philadelphia. He is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, common assault, recklessly endangering another person, conspiracy, violation of the Uniform Firearms Act, possession of an instrument of crime, tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.
Citing security video, Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore said the shooting began after one of the victims she identified as Mika Townes had a physical confrontation with Gregory Jackson, a man 34-year-old who had been killed in the shooting.
Pescatore said Townes and Jackson were passing each other on the same side of South Street when words were exchanged, sparking a melee. She said Jackson is captured on video punching Townes in the face and then Vereen, who was with Jackson at the time, allegedly helped Jackson beat Townes.
Jackson and Townes, who both had valid permits to carry concealed weapons, both drew weapons during the confrontation, Pescatore said. She said Townes, whom police considered a victim of the incident and who is not facing charges, shot and killed Jackson in self-defense before he was allegedly shot and wounded. by Vereen.
She said Garner, who was with Townes at the time, then allegedly pulled a gun and fired in the direction of where the melee occurred as police converged on the scene. Garner, who Pescatore said was armed with the ghost gun police recovered from the scene, then allegedly pointed his gun at officers, who fired at him, hitting him in the hand.
Innocent bystanders Kris Minners, resident counselor at Girard College Preparatory School in Philadelphia, and Alexis Quinn, were killed in the shooting.
Minners was celebrating his 22nd birthday when he was shot.
“The loss of Kris reminds us that gun violence can and will affect everyone in our country as long as our elected officials allow it to continue,” the Girard College teachers’ union said in a statement.
Quinn was described by her mother, Tina Quinn, as a loving daughter whose favorite color was purple and someone who learned every new TikTok dance.
“She said ‘Mom, you’re my Valentine,’ I say ‘awww,'” Tina Quinn told Philadelphia-based ABC station WPVI.
The mother described her 24-year-old daughter as her “mini-me”. She said her daughter called her “old lady”.
“I’m gonna miss that. I’m gonna miss the morning phone calls. Every day she called me. ‘Hey! Hey old lady, what are you doing?'” Tina Quinn said .
She added, “I just want my daughter to move on, you know? I just want this gun violence to end.”