A gunman opened fire on pedestrians near a Philadelphia transit station on Wednesday afternoon, injuring eight people, local media reported.
A 71-year-old man was left in critical condition and seven other victims were injured, including a teenage girl, after a suspect sprayed bullets on a busy city street just before 3 p.m.
“Today’s mass shooting near Olney Transportation Center in broad daylight is yet another tragic example of the epidemic of vicious, scandalous and unacceptable gun violence that threatens the lives and safety of our people. Philadelphia compatriots, ”Mayor Jim Kenney said in a press release. .
BREAKING: The moment shots are fired at Broad and Olney. We don’t see the shooter, but you can see people on the sidewalk running for their safety. 7 people were shot dead. @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/BbjPLvBDEV
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Commuters can be seen running for their lives in surveillance footage posted to social media.
“A 22-year-old man was shot in the back, a 21-year-old man was shot in the right leg, a 53-year-old man was shot in the right leg, a 36-year-old man was shot in the right leg. shot in the right thigh, a 70-year-old man was shot in the right thigh, a 17-year-old girl was shot in the right arm, a 48-year-old man was injured with a grazed stomach and a 71-year-old man was shot in the stomach and several times in both legs, ”NBC Philadelphia reports.
A suspect has been apprehended but few details are available at this time.
The number of gunshot victims in the city is said to have increased by 68.5% compared to the same period last year.
“It happens too often. It happens in broad daylight. And we need everyone to come together to help us resolve these cases, ”said Philadelphia Police Chief Danielle Outlaw.
In January, Josephus L. Davis was arrested and charged with murder following the murder of 25-year-old Milan Loncar, who was executed while walking his dog in the Brewerytown neighborhood of north Philadelphia.
Davis was roaming the streets freely just days after judges reduced his bail from $ 200,000 to $ 12,000 for previous offenses, including charges resulting from violent carjacking, as well as an attack against a prison guard.
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