Multiple shooters opened fire in a busy nightlife area of ​​Philadelphia on Saturday night, killing three people and injuring at least 11 others. The mass shooting took place just before midnight on South Street, one of the city’s most popular strips, which Saturday night was packed with hundreds of people. Officers patrolling the Entertainment District saw “several active shooters” firing into a crowd, a Philadelphia police inspector said Sunday. Police shot one of the gunmen, but it’s unclear if the suspect was hit, Inspector DF Rhythm of the Philadelphia Police Department said. The suspect dropped his weapon and fled, Pace said, adding that police are currently searching for the shooters and reviewing surveillance footage to help identify the gunmen. No arrests have been made so far.

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“There were hundreds of people taking advantage of South Street like they do every weekend when this shooting broke out,” Pace said. “This investigation is fluid.” The inspector said two semi-automatic handguns, one with an extended magazine, were recovered from the scene. The victims were transported to nearby hospitals. The three people who died – a 26-year-old woman, a 22-year-old man and a 34-year-old man – were pronounced dead upon arrival, according to the Washington Post. Twelve others were shot.

A bartender named Eric Walsh was closing off the outdoor area of ​​a nearby location when filming began. “People were coming out of the streets with blood splatters on white trainers and scraped knees and scraped elbows. We were literally balling up towels, wetting them and handing them to people,” Walsh told the Philadelphia plaintiff. “It was chaos.” Another witness told the outlet that “there were guttural screams. I just heard screams.

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The South Street mass shooting is the worse recorded in Philadelphia for nearly a decade, and comes amid an upsurge in gun violence that is rocking the country. An 18-year-old white supremacist is accused of carrying out last month’s racist attack in Buffalo, a supermarket mass shooting that killed 10 people, all of whom were black. Some of those victims had yet to be buried when, in Uvalde, Texas, another 18-year-old shooter – who, like the suspected mass shooter in Buffalo, had also legally obtained an assault weapon – opened the fire at a primary school. , killing 19 children and two teachers. President Joe Biden urged Congress to act with new calls for a ban on assault weapons, as well as tougher background checks on gun purchases. The families of the Uvalde and Buffalo victims will share testimony before a House panel on Wednesday in an effort to galvanize lawmakers. There have been more than 35 mass shootings since the attack on Buffalo, the Job reported.