An officer fired his weapon and is believed to have wounded an assailant who was firing right into a crowd in a shooting that left three individuals dead and 11 others injured in Philadelphia, officers mentioned Sunday.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw mentioned at a information convention that the on-duty shooting was being investigated internally and that the one that fired into the gang eluded seize throughout the chaotic scene, in which a number of “harmless bystanders” have been wounded.
The incident started round 11:30 p.m. Saturday when gunfire rang out on the 400 block of South Street in the town’s nightlife district, the place tons of of individuals have been gathered, Outlaw mentioned.
“Yesterday was a darkish day for Philadelphia,” Outlaw mentioned. “We are completely devastated, devastated by this incident. And we mourn the lives misplaced and the handfuls and dozens of lives affected by this tragedy.”
Authorities had initially mentioned 13 individuals have been injured, however the determine was revised to 11, Outlaw mentioned, and the wounded have been 17 to 69 years previous.
Those killed, who weren’t recognized by title, have been males ages 34 and 22 and a 27-year-old lady.
The shooting could have been sparked by a bodily battle between two males, certainly one of whom died in the shooting, whereas the opposite was wounded, Outlaw mentioned.
After the gunfire erupted, a responding officer noticed a gunman firing into the gang a few half-block from the place a number of victims have been struck, she mentioned.
“The officer drew his weapon and fired a number of occasions in the path of the unknown male, we consider hanging him,” Outlaw mentioned.
Outlaw pleaded for witnesses to come back ahead and inform investigators what they noticed and heard. A $20,000 reward was being provided for data that results in an arrest, Outlaw mentioned.
“It’s necessary that we deliver justice to the victims, their households and our group,” she mentioned.
Philadelphia Police Inspector D.F. Pace mentioned at a separate media briefing earlier Sunday that investigators recovered two semi-automatic handguns from the scene “one with an prolonged journal.” He added that they discovered “a number of casings all through this space.”
Officials mentioned not less than 5 weapons have been fired.
“We anticipate to have the ability to collect a variety of video surveillance footage,” Pace mentioned. “We look ahead to getting much more data on the identification of the people accountable for the shootings.”
Dennis Romero and Joe Studley contributed.