Video shows crowd fleeing deadly shooting in Philadelphia nightlife
PHILADELPHIA — Surveillance video shows innocent bystanders fleeing for their lives as gunfire erupts in central Philadelphia, killing three people and injuring at least eleven others.
Officers were patrolling the South Street area around 11.30pm on Saturday when they heard multiple gunshots. Rushing to the scene, they found several people with gunshot wounds lying on the sidewalk and in the street and began to provide assistance, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said.
Another responding officer saw a man on a street corner firing a handgun at a large crowd about half a block away, Outlaw said. The officer pulled his gun and fired several times, and police believe the man was punched before he dropped his handgun on the sidewalk and fled, Outlaw said.
A police statement said the dead included Gregory Jackson, 34, and Alexis Quinn, 27. The American Federation of Teachers of Philadelphia-Pennsylvania later identified the third killed as 22-year-old Kristopher Minners.
Investigators believe one of the three killed was involved in “a physical altercation” with another man, and those two began shooting at each other, both being hit by gunfire, Outlaw said.
The other two people who were killed and a number of injured, ages 17 to 69, were thought to be innocent bystanders, Outlaw said. She called it a “dark day” for the city when scores of people enjoying a beautiful evening fell victim to “horrific and unthinkable acts…at a very popular local and tourist hangout”.
“It is important that we bring justice to the victims, their families and our community,” she said.
Two handguns were recovered, including one with an extended magazine, but Chief Inspector Frank Vanore said investigators knew from evidence at the scene that a total of five guns were involved. Additionally, police are investigating several other shootings before and after, including a fatal one, to see if they could be linked.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital spokesman Damien Woods said 10 patients came to that particular hospital; three dead, six in stable condition and one who has since been released.
Outlaw said police plan to beef up resources Sunday night in that area, as well as in the nearby Penn’s Landing area along the Delaware River that separates Pennsylvania from New Jersey.
South Street is known for its entertainment venues and nightlife with several bars, restaurants and businesses. A local business surveillance video released by WTXF-TV showed dozens of people strolling on sidewalks and in the street, then fleeing when gunfire rang out. Police were looking for CCTV footage of businesses in the area.
Mayor Jim Kenney called the shooting “beyond devastating.”
“Once again, we see lives needlessly lost and people injured in yet another horrific, brazen and despicable act of gun violence,” he said in a statement Sunday morning. “My heart is with the family, friends, loved ones of those lost or injured, and with all those affected by this terrible tragedy.
Kenney said the spike in gun violence in the city and across the country “not only makes me heartbroken, but also angry.” access to firearms.”
Eric Walsh, closing the outdoor seating area of a bar along the block, told the Philadelphia Inquirer the scene was “chaos.” He said he saw a young woman collapse to the ground around the corner.
“People were coming out of the streets with blood spattered on white sneakers and scraped knees and scraped elbows,” Walsh said. “We were literally balling up towels, wetting them and handing them to people.”
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You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.
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