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Benny Worthy Jr
Gunfire killed three people and wounded at least 11 others in one of downtown Philadelphia’s most popular entertainment districts late Saturday night, authorities said. The violence erupted as many, including US president Joe Biden, call on Congress to enact meaningful gun control measures, especially in the wake of deadly mass shootings last month in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas. In Philadelphia, police officers were patrolling the downtown area on South Street when numerous gunshots rang out, and they witnessed several suspects firing into a large crowd just before midnight, city police inspector D F Pace said during a news conference.
An officer fired at one of the suspects from about 30 feet away, Pace said, but it was unclear if that person was struck. “You can imagine there were hundreds of individuals just enjoying South Street, as they do every single weekend, when this shooting broke out,” Pace said. At least two men and a woman were killed in the shooting, he said. Their names were not immediately released to the public. The conditions of those who were wounded by gunfire remains unknown. Two handguns were recovered, including one with an extended magazine, police said. No arrests have been made. Pace said police were asking business owners to review video from surveillance cameras.
The department said on Twitter to avoid the area, which is known for its entertainment venues and night life with multiple bars, restaurants and businesses. On Sunday, Philadelphia’s mayor, Jim Kenney, issued a statement calling the shooting “beyond devastating”. “Once again, we see lives senselessly lost and those injured in yet another horrendous, brazen and despicable act of gun violence,” Kenney’s statement added.
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