Philadelphia (The Times Groupe)- Three people have been killed and 11 others injured in the US city of Philadelphia after multiple shooters opened fire on a crowd on a busy street.
The shooting on Saturday night was the latest to jolt the United States, a country afflicted by an epidemic of gun violence that shows no signs of abating.
Two men and a woman were killed in the incident, Philadelphia Police Inspector D.F. Pace told reporters, adding that officers responding to the incident “observed several active shooters shooting into the crowd.”
There were many officers patrolling the area when the first shots were fired, a deployment that Pace described as “standard” on summer weekends.
Pace said that the responding officer shot one of the shooters, who dropped his gun and fled, though it was unclear whether the man was hit.
As of Sunday morning, no arrests had been made, and the streets where the chaos erupted remained closed.
Pace said two semi-automatic handguns, one with an extended magazine, were recovered from the scene. In addition, police would have to wait until the morning to review surveillance footage from nearby businesses that were closed on Saturday night.
The United States has been rocked by a series of high-profile mass shootings in recent weeks, including at a school in Uvalde, Texas, a church in California, a grocery store in New York, and an Oklahoma hospital. Several dozens of people have been killed in these incidents.
Approximately two hours later, another person was fatally shot just blocks from the scene, but police said the two incidents were unconnected.
In the United States, gun violence tends to increase during warmer months, with an estimated 393 million guns in circulation in 2020, more than the number of people.
In the last two decades, Biden said, “more school-age children have died from guns than active-duty police officers and military personnel combined.”
A bipartisan group of US senators met on Thursday to discuss gun controls, but Republicans have historically opposed tougher laws.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings nationwide, there have been 18,564 gun deaths in the United States so far in 2022. Nearly 10,300 of them were suicides.
According to the archive, at least 26 mass shootings have occurred since the Uvalde massacre on May 24.