Multiple gunmen shot into crowds gathered on South Street late Saturday night, killing three people, wounding 11, and bringing chaos and terror to one of Philadelphia’s most popular nightlife districts.
Within seconds of the initial gunshots, police said, other people began shooting into crowds gathered on the street, and a police officer shot at one of the suspected gunmen. Five guns were used by the assailants, leading police to believe there may have been five shooters.
Panic broke out on the street. Gunfire came in bursts and bullets ricocheted, sparking off the asphalt. People ran, screaming, some of them tripping as they tried to get away.
“We ran as fast as we could, as far as we could,” said Joe Smith, 23, who was standing outside the Theatre of Living Arts on South between Third and Fourth Streets when the shots rang out.