At least 11 people have been shot and injured in Philadelphia on South Street this weekend.
Police are investigating a mass shooting that took place in the 11 o’clock hour Saturday evening, authorities said.
At least 14 people have been shot and three killed in popular entertainment district on South Street in Downtown Philadelphia. The area is visited frequently by locals and tourists as it’s lined with bars, shops and restaurants.
Police say they were patrolling the area on South Street when they heard multiple gun shots and witnessed several suspects firing into a large crowd just before midnight, Police D.F. Pace said during a news conference.
An office returned fire at one of the suspects about 30 feet away, but it is unconfirmed whether or not the suspect was hit, Pace said.
The Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner, Danielle Outlaw, identified the three victims that were killed Saturday night as 34-year-old Gregory Jackson, 27-year-old Alexis Quinn and a 22-year-old man who’s identity was not released by police.
The American Federation Of Teachers identified him as Kris Minners, a resident advisor for 6th and 2nd grade boys at Girard College.
Minners was said to have been celebrating his birthday with family and friends on South Street prior to being killed in the mass shooting, according to Girard’s College Interim President James Turner.
“Our hearts are broken for Kristopher and his family, and our thoughts are with everyone who was impacted by this appalling act of violence,” Turner wrote in a statement. “I visited with Kris’ parents this morning and the College will continue to offer them every support.”
The 11 shooting victims who survived were a 17-year-old boy; two 18-year-old men; two 20-year-old men; three men aged 23, 43 and 69; two 17-year-old girls; and a 19-year-old woman. Their medical conditions ranged from stable to critical, Outlaw said.
Reports show a record-high of mass shootings happening around the country following the supermarket shooting in Buffalo, New York that left 10 people dead on May 24.
President Joe Biden has addressed the increase of gun violence and calling for stricter gun laws.
More details to come.