The series of deadly gun attacks in the United States continues: in Philadelphia, three people are shot dead and others injured. The police believe there are multiple perpetrators. Meanwhile, deadly shots are fired in another US city.
Three people were killed in a shootout on the street in the US metropolis of Philadelphia on Saturday evening. Eleven other people were injured, police said. There were several shooters. The incident reportedly happened on a street known for its lively nightlife.
A total of 14 people were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds, police said. Of them, two men and one woman were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. All three suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Pictures showed house and car windows with bullet holes.
An eyewitness told The Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper: "When it started, I didn't think it was going to end," said 23-year-old Joe Smith. "It was chaotic," said Eric Walsh, another eyewitness. According to the report, he saw a woman fall to the ground. "People came off the street with blood spattered on white sneakers and scraped knees and scraped elbows." According to another eyewitness, hundreds of people are said to have stayed in the area to celebrate.
So far, the police have not arrested anyone. However, she is looking for a female suspect. According to the information, the police shot at one of the perpetrators. However, it was initially unclear whether this was hit. Two guns were also found at the South Street scene, police said. The investigation is in full swing and there are "a lot of unanswered questions". On Sunday, the authorities wanted to examine video footage from surveillance cameras. Police said the victims included a 25-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman.
Shots were also fired on a shopping mall in Phoenix, Arizona. According to the police, a 14-year-old girl was killed and eight other people between the ages of 17 and 24 were injured, some seriously.
Police spokesman Andy Williams said no suspects were initially identified and no arrests were made. The authorities evaluated witness statements. The shots were preceded by a dispute among participants of "a kind of party". Numerous shots were then fired into the crowd.
About an hour earlier, police in Phoenix had reported the death of a youth who had been shot about three blocks from his home. It is not yet clear whether there is a connection to the shots on the shopping mile.