Gunfire killed three people and wounded at least 11 others in one of downtown Philadelphia’s most popular entertainment districts late Saturday night, authorities said.
The violence erupted as many, including US president Joe Biden, call on Congress to enact meaningful gun control measures, especially in the wake of deadly mass shootings last month in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas.
In Philadelphia, police officers were patrolling the downtown area on South Street when numerous gunshots rang out, and they witnessed several suspects firing into a large crowd just before midnight, city police inspector D F Pace said during a news conference.
At least two men and a woman were killed in the shooting, he said. Their names were not immediately released to the public. The conditions of those who were wounded by gunfire remains unknown.