Multiple people shot at Ramadan event in West Philadelphia, several in custody, police say – CBS Philly

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Multiple people shot at Ramadan event in West Philadelphia, several in custody, police say – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Several people were shot at the end of a Ramadan event at 47th Street and Girard Avenue in West Philadelphia’s Parkside neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

Police said several people were in custody.

The Philadelphia Fire Department said they took one person to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Firefighters said the person first returned home and then was taken to CHOP.

We do not yet know the extent of the injuries or the exact number of victims.

The FBI is en route to assist Philadelphia police and other local partners in the investigation, a spokesperson said.

Senator Bob Casey posted on X that his office was in contact with local authorities regarding the shooting.

“My office has been in contact with local authorities regarding the shooting at an Eid al-Fitr event in Philadelphia. As we gather more details, I urge everyone to stay safe and listen to the police,” he wrote on X.

A Philadelphia police spokesperson said parents wanting to reunite with their children can meet police at Sister Clara Muhammad School, located at 47th Street and Wyalusing Avenue.

The ATF Philadelphia Field Division is assisting at the scene of the shooting.

Police are expected to provide more information at a media staging area near the scene.

What is Eid al-Fitr?

Eid al-Fitr is the first of two official holidays celebrated within Islam.

Eid al-Fitr is celebrated by Muslims as it marks the end of Ramadan – the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community.

This is a developing story and will be updated.


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