An unidentified gunman shot and wounded two police officers securing the July Fourth celebration in Philadelphia.
The local police said the shooting occurred while thousands of people were gathered together along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for an evening of music and fireworks at around 9:45 p.m. on Monday.
One of the wounded police officers was a 36-year-old Philadelphia police department highway patrol officer who sustained a graze wound to the head.
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw is grateful that he did not sustain more severe injuries in the attack.
“It is miraculous that the round stopped in his hat,” Outlaw said.
“It initially, I think, went up the inside, hit his forehead, and then the round stopped in his hat,” Outlaw added.
The other wounded police officer was identified as 44-year-old John Foster, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy assigned to the bomb squad task force, who was hit in the right shoulder.
According to reports, the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police is offering a $20,000 reward for information on the gunman, who remains at large.