Several persons are wanted by police after shots were fired into a gathering outside a pub in Philadelphia on Saturday night, injuring at least nine people, officials said.
At about 10:50 p.m., shooting began to erupt. First Deputy Police Commissioner John Stanford of the Philadelphia Police Department told reporters early Sunday that the incident occurred at 1:30 a.m. ET in the Kensington area.
According to Stanford, “several individuals” exited a car, fired at the crowd, and then drove off.
According to Stanford, “it’s possible that the suspects saw someone they wanted to fire at, got out of the car, and then simply started shooting at the gathering of folks who were there.” The investigation into the cause continues.
No firearms have been discovered, and no one has been detained, according to the police.
There were nine adults injured, and all of them were taken to the hospital, according to the police. A Hispanic guy aged 24, a black man aged 25, a black man aged 24, and two white males aged 40 were all noted as being in severe condition.
A Black guy, a Black woman, and two Black males, all aged 24, were also hospitalized; all four were later reported to be in stable condition.
According to him, the incident happened on a Saturday night in a busy neighborhood that was well guarded by police. Officers from a drugs strike unit, who had been executing an operation farther down the street earlier that Saturday evening, heard the gunfire.
A few cocky scofflaws don’t care that this is their home in our city. Some of them don’t care how many people are out here, and they don’t care how many police officers are out here,” Stanford added.
Ballistic evidence, he claimed, including at least 40 fragments, had been found.
Those in the neighborhood have been encouraged to provide more information after witnesses saw the gunman get out of a black car. According to Stanford, it was a nice evening and there were many of people out and about, and there were also a number of stores in the area where the shooting took place.
To find out who did this, “we’ll attempt to collect footage and maybe be able to acquire some further information and video surveillance,” he added. There’s constant foot traffic in this region.
According to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive, there have been 585 mass shootings in the United States so far in 2018. A mass shooting is defined as an incident in which four or more persons were harmed (not including the gunman). The current pace indicates that this year will likely have a number of mass shootings close to 2016’s 691.