‘Dark day for Philadelphia’: shooting kills 3, wounds 12

 Tuesday, June 7, 2022 


An officer was among multiple people thought to have opened fire in Philadelphia’s bustling South Street entertainment district, where three people were killed and 12 others were injured late Saturday, police said.

It wasn’t clear whether the gunman targeted by the officer was struck or whether anyone else was hit by police rounds, and the target fled without having been identified, police said in a statement Sunday afternoon.

Police said they think at least five people opened fire in an attack precipitated by a street fight. Two guns were recovered, they said Sunday.

A person of interest was later apprehended, the mayor’s office said in a statement Monday.

Details about the person’s identity and possible connection with the shooting will be released upon formal charging by the DA’s office, it said.

The shooting officer, one of two on foot patrol nearby who were responding to the sound of gunfire, saw at least one gunman fire into a crowd near South Street’s intersection with South American Street at 11:31 p.m. Saturday, the department said.

It was the second consecutive weekend of multiple mass shootings in the U.S. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, early Sunday, three people were killed in chaos and gunfire that injured 14 others.

In Philadelphia, the police estimate for number of injured fluctuated from 13 early Sunday to 11 late in the morning to 12 by Sunday afternoon.

The worst of the wounded was a 23-year-old man shot multiple times and said to be in critical condition, according to the statement Sunday afternoon.

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at a news conference earlier Sunday that the officer’s use of his service weapon was being investigated internally.

The unidentified officer, described as a sworn employee with more than three years’ experience, was placed on administrative duty, the police department said.

Outlaw also said that the incident began when gunfire rang out on the 400 block of South Street in one of the city’s nightlife districts, where hundreds of people were gathered.

He also said that they are absolutely devastated, devastated by this incident. And they mourn the lives lost and the dozens and dozens of lives affected by this tragedy.

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