A heavily armed shooter opened fire on a crowd of people Monday night in a southwest Philadelphia neighborhood, killing five people and injuring two more, according to authorities.
Around 8:30 p.m., officers responded to a shooting in the Kingsessing neighborhood of southwest Philadelphia, police commissioner Danielle Outlaw said during a news conference on Monday.
Over the eight blocks where the gunshots took place, police discovered hundreds of bullet casings.
While the fourth victim, who has not yet been named, was thought to be between the ages of 16 and 21, the other three victims ranged in age from 20 to 59. They were all men.
The two boys, ages 2 and 13, were admitted to the hospital and are doing well, according to Outlaw.
Again, we think that everyone was out doing what they were doing, said Outlaw.
And as of right now, we don’t perceive any link between the gunman and any of the victims.
“I can’t even explain the degree of bravery and heroism that was demonstrated, in addition to the restraint that was shown here,” Outlaw said.
“Thank God our officers were on the scene and responded as swiftly as they did. More gunshots were heard at two additional locations close to where the victims were discovered, according to Outlaw, as police were dispatched to the initial incident and were ready to take victims to a hospital.
The 40-year-old suspect, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was pursued by police as he continued to shoot, and after surrendering, he was captured in an alleyway, according to Outlaw.
She said that he had an “AR-type rifle,” several magazines, a pistol, and a police scanner.
All that is known at this time, according to Outlaw, is that the perpetrator made the decision to leave their house and target others.
Outlaw said that the individual who was apprehended had obtained a pistol and had fired shots in the direction of the suspected shooter.
Outlaw claimed that cops are scouring the two-by-four block site to ascertain what precipitated the incident.