Three dead in Philly mass shooting, terrifying video captures crowd pandemonium as shots ring out

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A group of gunmen reportedly opened fire on a crowd of late night revelers in Philadelphia late Saturday, wounding 11 and killing three.

The mass shooting happened shortly before midnight on South Street, a popular tourist attraction brimming with bars, shops, clubs, etc.

Officers were already present at the time the shots began ringing out. They witnessed “several” gunmen, according to local station WCAU.

“I want to emphasize that South Street is manned by numerous police officers. This is standard deployment for Friday and Saturday night – weekends – and especially during the summer months,” Philadelphia Police Inspector D. F. Pace reportedly said.

He added that an officer fired at one of the suspects. The suspect, who may or may not have been struck, responded by dropping their weapon and fleeing.

The officer was “within 10 to 15 yards of the shooter, watching this person shoot into the crowd” when he decided to take action, Pace said.

Below is video footage showing what happened the moment the shots began ringing out:

“There were hundreds of individuals just enjoying South Street, as they do every weekend, when this shooting broke out,” Pace said.

“It was chaos. People were coming off the street with blood splatters on white sneakers and skinned knees and skinned elbows. We literally just were balling up napkins and wetting them and handing them to people,” one witness who works at a nearby bar told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“Once it started I didn’t think it was going to stop. … There was guttural screaming. I just heard screams,” another witness said.

Two semi-automatic handguns, one with an extended magazine, were later found at the scene.

As of Sunday morning, the suspects still reportedly remained on the loose. The deceased victims meanwhile had been identified only as two men and one woman.

“Officials had not released the identities of the dead, saying only that one was a 25-year-old man and another a 22-year-old woman. The names and conditions of the wounded, seven of whom were taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, were unavailable. Other victims were taken to Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center,” according to the Inquirer.

While the mass shooting is receiving extra attention because of the number of deceased, shootings in general are, sadly, a dime a dozen in Philadelphia. Nine people were shot, one of them a pregnant mother who didn’t survive, just the night before.

“Philadelphia police are investigating nine separate shootings from Friday into Saturday that left a pregnant woman dead and eight others injured, including a man at a SEPTA subway station,” station KYW reported Saturday morning.

“Doctors managed to save the baby she was carrying. Police say they found the woman in her 20s shot in the head when they arrived at the scene at Richmond Street just after 1 a.m. She was pronounced dead at 1:56 a.m..”

Fourteen people, including a father and his 9-year-old son, were killed last week during Memorial Day weekend.

“Nine-year-old Jamel Parks is remembered as outgoing and creative. He and his father, 38-year-old Gerald Parks, were fatally shot while sitting in their vehicle on Carver Street a few yards from their home,” according to KYW.

“According to the family, the father and son returned from a cookout and had just parked their vehicle when someone opened fire leaving shattered glass on the ground and bullet holes in a nearby rowhome.”

The weekend prior, six were killed, and at least three 14-year-olds were shot.

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