Philadelphia shooting into South Street crowd leaves 3 dead, 11 injured

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Three people have died and at least 11 others were injured in a shooting in Philadelphia late Saturday, authorities said.

Shortly before midnight, police officers on patrol in a popular nightlife area heard gunfire and witnessed “several active shooters” firing into a crowd, Inspector DF Pace of the Philadelphia Police Department said at a news conference early Sunday.

An officer fired at one of the gunmen as he was shooting, but it was unclear whether the man was hit, Pace said. The man dropped his weapon and fled when he was fired upon, he added.

The whereabouts of the shooters were not immediately known, Pace said.

Of the 14 people who were shot and brought to nearby hospitals, three — two men and a woman — were pronounced dead on arrival, Pace told reporters.

“There were hundreds of individuals just enjoying South Street as they do every single weekend when this shooting broke out,” Pace said. “This investigation is fluid,” he added.

Two weapons, both semiautomatic handguns, had been recovered, Pace said. One of them had an extended magazine. “Multiple casings” of ammunition were strewn about the South Street area, he added.

Police will continue to gather information and look at video surveillance footage in the bustling area, he said.

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A local 6ABC news outlet showed videos of glass debris on the street and police tape cordoning off a busy shopping area. It also reported that Thomas Jefferson University Hospital had taken in several injured victims.

The shooting comes amid fresh outrage across the country from police chiefs and elected officials over gun violence and President Biden’s renewed push for Congress to act on gun restrictions.

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Adela Suliman contributed to this report.

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