Washington, United States:
Police said three people were killed and 11 others injured on Saturday after multiple gunmen opened fire on a crowd in the US city of Philadelphia.
The shooting took place on a busy street known for its nightlife.
Police Inspector DF Pace told reporters that two men and a woman had been killed, adding that officers responding to the incident “saw several active gunmen firing into the crowd”.
“You can imagine there were hundreds of people enjoying South Street, like every weekend, when this shooting broke out,” Pace said.
He said “numerous” officers were already on the scene when the first shots were heard, describing it as a “standard deployment” for the area on summer weekend nights.
An officer fired at one of the gunmen, who dropped his gun and fled, although it was unclear if the man was hit, Pace said.
Local media reported that no arrests had been made.
Pace said two semi-automatic pistols, one with an extended magazine, were recovered at the scene.
He added that police would have to wait until morning to view surveillance footage of nearby businesses closed on Saturday night.
Pace described the investigation as “fluent”, saying there were still “many unanswered questions”.
The US has been rocked in recent weeks by a series of high-profile shootings, including at a Texas school, a church in California, a supermarket in New York and a hospital in Oklahoma. The incidents collectively killed dozens of people.
Bystander Joe Smith, 23, told The Philadelphia Inquirer his mind had flashed to the recent incidents when he heard the first shots ring out on Saturday.
“Once it started, I didn’t think it would stop,” he told the outlet.
“There was a guttural noise,” he added. “I just heard screams.”
Another witness, Eric Walsh, described in the Inquirer scenes of people fleeing the shooting “coming off the street with blood spatter on white sneakers and skinned knees and skinned elbows.”
The Inquirer reported that another person was fatally shot about two hours later just steps from the crime scene, but police said the two incidents were not linked.
During the warmer months, gun violence increases in the United States, where an estimated 393 million guns were in circulation in 2020, more than the number of people.
US President Joe Biden last week called for new gun control laws in response to the recent violence, deploring the “everyday places here in America that have become killing grounds, battlegrounds.”
A bipartisan group of senators met Thursday to discuss a package of firearms controls, but Republicans have opposed tougher gun laws in the past.
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