Chaos erupted in the city of brotherly love when the Phillies family crashed out of the world championships on Saturday – with a shooting leaving nine injured, five of them critically, and police struggling to find the suspects.
The accident occurred at 10:42 p.m. ET outside a bar in Kensington, First Deputy Commissioner John Stanford of the Philadelphia Police Department said at a news conference early Sunday morning.
The commissioner said that “several suspects” jumped out of a car and opened fire on a crowd who was standing on the sidewalk, standing within feet of dozens of bullet casings scattered at the crime scene.
At least 40 rounds were fired during the accident, and “three or four people” reportedly left the vehicle and returned to the vehicle before they set off.
Police did not specify how many people were involved in the actual shooting before the group fled – The nine victims were left bleeding on the ground.
All adult men and women between the ages of 23 and 40, the victims were taken to the district hospital where they currently remain as of Sunday. Police said five of them were in critical condition and the other four were in stable condition.
Stanford said police did not determine a motive for the shooting and did not recover any weapons. The policemen were also unable to provide the model of the car.
The reason for the shot remains unclear – but it came shortly after Jordan Alvarez’s three-stroke shot in the sixth inning led the Houston Astros to a 4-1 home win in Game Six over the Phillies.
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Nine were injured, five of them seriously, on Saturday night when gunfire exited a car and fired into a crowd of people on this sidewalk in Kensington, police said Sunday.
First Deputy Commissioner John Stanford said during a press conference at the crime scene that ‘multiple suspects’ jumped out of a car and opened fire on a crowd standing on the sidewalk.
However, no riots have been reported following the loss – and police have said nothing to indicate that the shootout was part of the unrest, as they continue to assess the scene and search for suspects.
Frustrated Deputy Commissioner Stanford addressed reporters at the crime scene after the shooting.
At this point in time, it looks like these individuals may have spotted someone they wanted to shoot, got out of the car, and started shooting at the group of people who were there, the deputy said. We have so much more in terms of motivation.
‘We have some rude people in this city who don’t care,’ Standford continued, in the face of rampant crime that has plagued more than 1.6 million city residents since the pandemic.
Shootings in particular have been rife – at least one shooting has occurred every weekday, at any hour, since May 31, and nearly Every corner of the city was affected.
The crime-ridden city of Kensington is no exception, with shootings now common and even increasing – causing many to speak out against the city’s crime-ridden policies and politicians.
“They don’t care how many police officers are here,” Stanford, a 20-year veteran of the force, said of the city’s chain of gun offenders that has led to an increase in crime.
“And some of them don’t care how many people are here,” the commissioner continued. “We continue to do what we have to do to arrest these individuals.”
Philadelphia residents have deplored a recent violent crime wave that has resulted in nearly 2,000 people being shot since May, as a series of incidents continues to rock the crime-ridden city.
The commissioner added that the shooting was likely a planned attack, and that at least some of the nine victims – whose names have not been released – were the intended target of the militants.
However, police have not yet come up with a reason for the shooting, which occurred near Kensington and Allegheny Avenues.
“At this time, it looks like these individuals may have spotted someone they wanted to shoot, got out of the car, and started shooting at the group of people who were there,” Stanford said as officers assessed the scene around him.
“We don’t have much more in terms of motivation.”
The shooting was a continuation of the city’s ongoing epidemic of gun violence, which this year has already seen more than 2,000 people shot or killed – the highest toll in a year so far in seven years.
Police have yet to come up with a motive for the shooting, which occurred near Kensington and Allegheny Avenues in a particularly crime-ridden area of the already unsafe city.
Police said Sunday that the shooting was likely a coordinated strike, with at least one of the nine victims – whose names have not been released – the militants’ intended target.
It was also another accident that claimed many lives, as just last week a shooting outside a nightclub in Spring Garden injured six people, and another Earlier this year, on South Street, I witnessed 14 people killed – three of them killed.
The quarrel came to be historically bloody, with The highest number of casualties in a single incident has been seen in Philly in years.
Meanwhile, Saturday’s shootout took place in an area particularly known for drug abuse and gun violence.
Shattered glass can be seen on the sidewalk in Kensington following the late-night shooting, which occurred when the Phillies were eliminated from the world championships on Sunday.
A 2021 Inquirer study found that nearly 300 people have been shot within a five-minute walk of a shooting scene since 2015, an 11 times higher rate than the city-wide average.
Meanwhile, society as a whole has seen a sharp rise in violence, with total crime up more than 23 percent so far this year compared to the same time in 2021.
While assaults and rape have seen a decrease this year, the number of shooting victims has increased significantly, with police reporting 1,733 cases so far this year. Shootings in general also go up to 3,512.
Thefts have also seen a spike, with 2,388 cases reported this year, up 17 percent from last year.
Many blamed the wave on controversial Philadelphia Attorney General Larry Krasner, who was re-elected in 2021 but faced skepticism. impeachment attempts in 2022.
Krasner, a leader in the progressive attorney general movement, has fought battles with police unions and other officials accusing him of leniency with crime.
Meanwhile, AG Josh Shapiro has long been accused of leniency with crime as the twice-elected attorney general.
Earlier this year, Philly police pleaded with the mayor that they “can’t keep up” with the rapidly increasing murder rate, and the mayor on Monday signed an order banning citizens from carrying guns in public places such as parks and schools.
AG Josh Shapiro has long been accused of leniency with crime as accidents continue to rise
This summer, the Democratic mayor of Philadelphia blasted the “horrible, shameless, and despicable act of gun violence” that has plagued the nation after an overnight mass shooting left three dead and at least 11 wounded in his city.
Kenney called on officials to “address the availability and accessibility of firearms” in the United States, where a manhunt for the gunmen involved in Saturday’s despicable attack was underway.
Kenny, like many of his fellow Democrats, has long called for stricter gun laws and stronger measures to reduce gun violence.
Until we address the issue of firearms availability and accessibility, we will always have an uphill battle. As mayor, I will continue to fight to protect our communities and urge others to advocate for stronger laws that prevent guns from being taken out of the hands of violent individuals.
“The escalation of gun violence we’ve seen across the country—and here in Philadelphia—not only makes me sad, it makes me angry. Our department, in partnership with all local and federal law enforcement agencies, continues to work relentlessly to reduce violence and create safer communities.