Several gunmen fired into a crowd in Philadelphia’s downtown entertainment district
Three people were killed and 11 injured in a shooting in a South Philadelphia neighborhood on Saturday night. Police reportedly saw a man fire into a crowd near the intersection of Third and South streets around midnight and an officer returned fire.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called the shooting “beyond devastating” in a statement Sunday, condemning “yet another gruesome, brazen and despicable act of gun violence“as he lamented what he described as a”sharp increase in gun violence in recent yearsin Philadelphia and the United States as a whole.
“I know this shooting shook our community. The safety of our residents and visitors is a top priority“, he said, insisting that his administration was working with the police to”reduce violence and create safer communities.”
No one has been arrested in connection with the incident, although two firearms were found at the scene and police are looking for surveillance footage of business owners along the South Street strip in the hope to identify the gunmen. It was the tenth shooting reported in Philadelphia this weekend.
On Friday night, a 20-year-old pregnant woman was found with head injuries. She died an hour after police found her, although the baby was apparently in stable condition. A 15-year-old boy was also shot that night in West Philadelphia, although he survived and is in stable condition.
On Saturday afternoon, a 23-year-old man was found shot in the chest at the Susquehanna-Dauphin metro station. He was taken to hospital, where he remains in critical condition. It is believed he had an altercation with the shooter outside the station.
A 58-year-old man was found shot in the chest inside a vehicle in West Philadelphia and taken to hospital, where he remains in critical condition. In the Nicetown district, a 38-year-old man was shot several times after an argument in a nightclub, leaving him in extremely critical condition. A 23-year-old man was shot in the elbow in North Philadelphia, while a 21-year-old man was shot in the left leg Friday night in the Olney neighborhood. A 23-year-old man was shot twice Friday night in West Philadelphia.
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No arrests were made in any of the shootings over the weekend.
Philadelphia set a homicide record last year, with 561 murders, up 13% from 2020. The vast majority (89%) involved firearms, and most victims were black men aged 18 to 34. The previous homicide record was in 1990, when 500 murders occurred in the city. However, Philadelphia had already recorded its 100th kill in March, putting it on track to break last year’s record.