9 people shot dead outside bar in Kensington section of Philadelphia


PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Nine people were rushed to hospital after Philadelphia police said multiple shooters opened fire on the streets of Kensington.

Investigators say it happened around 10:45 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Kensington and Allegheny Avenues.

Police say multiple gunmen got out of a black vehicle and fired at least 40 rounds, hitting nine people.

“Officers were in that area. They actually heard the shots when they happened,” said Philadelphia Police Department First Deputy Commissioner John Stanford. “We have cheeky individuals in this town who don’t care. They don’t care how many police here, and some of them don’t care how many people here.”

According to the police, the victims are both men and women and are between 23 and 40 years old.

On Sunday, police said four victims were listed as critical and five others as stable at an area hospital.

Investigators are still trying to find a motive.

“At that point, it appears these individuals spotted someone they wanted to shoot, got out of the vehicle, and just started shooting at the group of individuals that were there,” Stanford said.

Police are still looking for the surveillance video that captured the gunshots.

Given the nature of this mass shooting, officers say everyone in this area should be concerned.

“The fact that we have nine people shot, I think is a threat to public safety in itself and people need to be concerned about individuals shooting in this city,” Stanford said.

Kensington and Allegheny is a busy intersection where people are often outdoors. Police say it may have been busier than normal too as Saturday night was hot and the Phillies were on TV, drawing crowds to bars.

“You should be able to walk down city streets and not have to worry about gunshots,” Stanford said.

Prior to the shooting, police said they were conducting a narcotics investigation in the neighborhood.

“It’s an area that is still busy as many of you know. We have a heavy police presence here. In fact earlier this evening our narcotics task force conducted a narcotics investigation just upstairs of the block,” Stanford said.

Police are asking anyone who may have information about the shooting to call.

In response to the mass shooting, Mayor Jim Kenney tweeted, “I am appalled and devastated by this despicable and shameless act of gun violence. My heart is with the family and loved ones of those injured, and with everyone affected by this tragedy. “

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