Philadelphia Shooting: In the US city of Philadelphia, a man wearing a bulletproof vest opened fire, leaving five adults dead and two children injured.
The 40-year-old suspect in the attack was armed with an AR-15-style weapon, a handgun, a police scanner, and ammo. He is currently under arrest.
Philadelphia shooting appeared to be random and there is no information about him having any relation to the victims.
On Monday, police were called to the Kingsessing neighborhood in the southwest of the city.
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw stated that “when officers replied that they were able to recognize and find some gunshot victims.” As they gathered the victims and prepared to take them to the hospital.
Officers then pursued the man on foot while gunfire erupted all around them, destroying parked cars and leaving shell shells all over the streets.
Police surrounded the man in an alleyway at around 20:40 local time (00:40 Tuesday GMT). Without further ado, he surrendered and was brought into arrest.
Police first reported that four people had been slain, all of them were men between the ages of 20 and 59. The two injured kids, who are ages two and thirteen, were taken to the hospital and are doing well.
But early on Tuesday, a fifth victim was located. The person is thought to have perished in the shooting spree when their body was found inside a building in the same neighborhood.
Commissioner Outlaw stated that she had “completely no idea why this occurred” and added that all they knew at this moment was that the person had decided to leave their house and attack individuals.
“We’re peddling the region to get as much data as possible – to find observers, to find where cameras are found, and to give our very best for figure out the ‘why’ behind this event,” she said.
According to Commissioner Outlaw, if the officers’ measures hadn’t been taken, there might have been more victims.
An area covering eight blocks and covered in dozens of shot casings has subsequently been cordoned off by investigators.
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Police are currently looking for a potential motive, and the culprit has not yet been identified.
A second person was also detained. According to the commissioner, they are thought to have obtained a gun and “returned fire in the direction of the shooter.”
It is unclear if that individual is related to the shooter.
On the day before Independence Day, a shooting in Baltimore, Maryland, claimed the lives of two individuals and left 28 others injured, including almost half of them children.
Multiple individuals who opened fire during an annual neighborhood event are still being sought after by police.
And late on Monday, after a local 4th of July festival, there was a shooting in Fort Worth, Texas that left at least three people dead and eight others injured.
President Joe Biden stated that more needed to be done “across America to deal with the growing problem of gun violence that is ripping our communities apart” in the wake of the shootings.