Philadelphia Mass Firing: 3 killed, 11 injured as another gun tragedy strikes US

Philadelphia (US): 

Yet another incident of mass firing has taken place in the United States (US). At least three people were killed and over 11 others were wounded when a gunman opened fire at a crowded street in Philadelphia, the largest city in the US  state of Pennsylvania.

According to the authorities, the incident took place late on Saturday night (local time). The Philadelphia Police Department responded to reports that a gunman had opened fire in a large crowd.

A police official told the media that a police officer shot at the suspect who had fired into the weekend crowd in the downtown area of the city. However, it has not been confirmed yet whether the suspect has been hit. 

“You can imagine there were hundreds of individuals just enjoying South Street, as they do every single weekend when this shooting broke out,” the police official said.

The conditions of those who were wounded by gunfire remain unknown. Authorities say no arrests have been made but that two weapons were recovered.

The department said on Twitter to avoid the area and that several people were injured. 

The US has been rocked by a series of high-profile shootings in recent weeks, including a school in Texas, a church in California, a grocery store in New York and a hospital in Oklahoma. These incidents have claimed the lives of dozens of people en masse.

Bystander Joe Smith, 23, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that his mind went to recent events when he heard the first shot on Saturday. 

“Once it started, I didn’t think it was going to stop. There were screams. I just heard screams,” he said.

Another person was fatally shot about two hours after the incident, The Inquirer reported, but police said the two incidents were not believed to be linked.

US President Joe Biden called for new gun control laws in response to last week’s violence, saying “everyday places that have become battlegrounds here in the United States (US).”

A bipartisan group of senators met Thursday to discuss a package to control firing, but Republicans have opposed historically strict gun laws.


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