3 dead, 11 injured in shooting in downtown Philadelphia
philadelphia cream – Three people were killed and at least 11 others were injured by multiple gunfire in a popular downtown Philadelphia entertainment district late Saturday night, authorities said.
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said on Sunday they believe one of those killed, identified as Gregory Jackson, 34, was “involved in a physical altercation with another man who potentially initiated the shooting”. eventually began shooting at each other, both being shot, one fatally.”
One of the other two who were killed has been identified as 27-year-old Alexis Quinn. The third deceased victim has not been identified, but was described as a 22-year-old man.
Outlaw said police believe the other two people killed, along with “several” of those injured, were innocent bystanders.
Officers were patrolling the South Street area in downtown Philadelphia around 11:30 p.m. when they heard multiple gunshots, Outlaw said. Officers responding to the scene saw several people with gunshot wounds and one officer saw a suspect fire a handgun into a crowd of people, Outlaw said.
An officer fired at the suspect who was shooting into the crowd, and Philadelphia police believe the officer hit the suspect, Outlaw said.
“The stranger dropped his gun on the sidewalk and ran south,” Outlaw said, adding that the suspect then “got lost in the area.”
The ages of the injured victims ranged from 17 to 69, Outlaw said. A 23-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times in the “torso area”, police say.
Earlier in the day, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital spokesman Damien Woods said one person had been discharged.
In addition to the 11 people injured by bullets, a 49-year-old woman was injured when she was hit by shards of glass, according to a police statement.
Two handguns were recovered, including one with an extended magazine, police said. No arrests were made.
South Street is known for its entertainment venues and nightlife with many bars, restaurants and shops. Local business video surveillance job by WTXF-TV showed dozens of people swarming on the sidewalks and in the street who then suddenly began fleeing en masse when the gunfire began.
Police Inspector DF Pace said police expected to be able to collect “lots of CCTV footage” of the many businesses along the street later in the day to try to identify the suspects.
Mayor Jim Kenney called the shooting “beyond devastating.”
“Once again, we see lives needlessly lost and people injured in yet another horrific, brazen and despicable act of gun violence,” he said in a statement Sunday morning. “My heart is with the family, friends, loved ones of those lost or injured, and with everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.”
Kenney said the spike in gun violence in the city and across the country “not only makes me heartbroken, but also angry.” He said, however, that fighting it would be “an uphill battle” without measures to address “the availability and ease of access to firearms”.
Eric Walsh, closing the outdoor seating area of a bar along the block, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the scene was “chaos”. He said he saw a young woman collapse to the ground around the corner.
“People were coming out of the streets with blood spattered on white sneakers and scraped knees and scraped elbows,” Walsh said. “We were literally balling up towels, wetting them and handing them to people.”