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One of the officers who was shot Monday night near a July 4 rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, found the bullet still lodged in his hat.
Two law enforcement officers, a 36-year-old Philadelphia Police Highway Patrol officer and a 44-year-old Montgomery County Bomb Unit member, were injured in the shooting that occurred shortly before 10 p.m. near the Parkway Welcome America Festival.
Photos of the hat worn by the highway patrol show a bloodied photo inside the cap with a bullet lodged in the side. The photo is a memorial card for a recently deceased Philadelphia police chaplain.
John McNesby, patron of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, provided the photos to Fox 29.
“It’s miraculous that the bullet landed in his hat,” Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said. “I think at first he went inside and hit his forehead and then the ball stopped in his hat.”
PHILADELPHIA SHOOTING: 2 POLICE OFFICERS INJURED DURING JULY 4TH CELEBRATION
Authorities said the officer was stable when he was transported to Jefferson University Hospital.
The other officer, who was shot in the right shoulder, was taken to the same hospital.
About two hours later, the unidentified officers were released, Fox 29 reported.
Videos taken at the scene showed a large police presence driving people away from the area where the shooting took place.
Other videos showed hundreds of people fleeing the area. It was estimated that up to 100,000 people attended the 4th of July celebrations.
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Authorities have yet to arrest a suspect and no person of interest has been identified.