Another mass shooting in The United States. The Gun Man killed three people and at least 11 others wounded in one of downtown Philadelphia’s most popular entertainment districts late Saturday night.
There were two handguns recovered at the scene, including one with an extended magazine, Pace said, but there have been no arrests.
The names and conditions of the victims had not been released as of early Sunday.
There have been at least 239 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The archive defines a mass shooting as one in which at least four people are shot, excluding the shooter.
In Philadelphia, police officers were patrolling the downtown area on South Street when numerous gunshots rang out.
they witnessed several suspects firing into a large crowd just before midnight, city police inspector D F Pace said during a news conference.
“There were hundreds of individuals just enjoying South Street, as they do every single weekend when this shooting broke out,” he said. Two men and a woman were killed, officials said.
One officer was “within about 10 to 15 yards” of one of the individuals firing into the crowd and shot at the suspect, Pace said.
“We’re uncertain whether he was struck or not, but the officer was able to get that individual to drop his gun and flee,” the police inspector said.
On Sunday, Philadelphia’s mayor, Jim Kenney, issued a statement calling the shooting “beyond devastating”.
“Once again, we see lives senselessly lost and those injured in yet another horrendous, brazen, and despicable act of gun violence,” Kenney’s statement added.