Three people have died and at least 11 others were injured in a mass shooting in Philadelphia late on Saturday night, authorities said.
The Philadelphia Police Department responded to reports of gunfire in a large crowd on South Street at around 11.30 p.m.
Police Inspector D. F. Pace said officers deployed to patrol the busy area heard numerous gunshots near Second and South Streets and saw multiple shooters firing into the crowd.
An officer fired at a shooter while the person was firing a gun, Pace said. It was not clear if the suspect was hit, but they did drop their gun and flee, NBC 10 Philadelphia reported.
“You can imagine there were hundreds of individuals just enjoying South Street, as they do every single weekend, when this shooting broke out,” Pace said.
Police have not identified the victims, but said a 25-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man were among the dead, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The conditions of those who were wounded was not immediately known.
Police said no arrests have been made, but that two semi-automatic handguns were recovered at the scene. Pace said authorities are waiting until later on Sunday to access surveillance footage from nearby businesses that were closed when the shooting broke out.
Meanwhile, witnesses described the chaotic scenes as people on the street ran to avoid the gunfire.
Eric Walsh told The Inquirer that he was closing up the outdoor seating area of O’Neals, a bar on Third Street, when he heard gunshots. He said he ushered two customers inside when he saw a woman fall to the ground nearby.
Looks like shooting travelled down South Street — signs of pandemonium stretching several blocks. Broken car window glass. Knocked over trashcans. pic.twitter.com/Wg3GVURFFj
— Max M. Marin (@MaxMMarin) June 5, 2022
“People were coming off the street with blood splatters on white sneakers and skinned knees and skinned elbows,” Walsh told the newspaper. “We literally just were balling up napkins and wetting them and handing them to people… it was chaos.”
Max Marin, a reporter for The Inquirer, tweeted that blood could be seen along the sidewalk.
There are “signs of pandemonium stretching several blocks,” Marin added in another tweet. “Broken car window glass. Knocked over trashcans.”
*Alert* Emergency personnel are responding to a shooting incident in the area of 3rd and South Streets. Several people have been injured. Please avoid the area.
— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) June 5, 2022
Officers also responded to reports of gunfire on Broad Street, two blocks north of South Street, about two hours after the shooting.
About an hour after that, a man was found unconscious with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, The Inquirer reported.
The Philadelphia Police Department has been contacted for further comment.
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