Philadelphia shooting leaves at least three injured during Eid celebration – The Washington Post

Philadelphia shooting leaves at least three injured during Eid celebration – The Washington Post

Three people were shot and a child was struck by a law enforcement vehicle after gunfire erupted Wednesday afternoon in a Philadelphia park where about 1,000 people had gathered to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, police said.

Kevin Bethel, Philadelphia’s police commissioner, said at a news conference that two groups that appeared to be feuding “factions” began exchanging gunfire in Clara Muhammad Square around 2:30 p.m. About 30 shots were fired, Bethel said.

Officers arrested four people leaving the West Philadelphia park who were carrying weapons, Bethel said. A fifth person, a 15-year-old man, who was shot in the leg and shoulder by a police officer, was also arrested, he said. The boy, who was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition, was holding a gun when the officer fired, Bethel said.

The department is investigating the officer-involved shooting, Bethel said.

Two other people are in stable condition, including a 22-year-old who was shot in the stomach and a juvenile who was shot in the hand, Bethel said. A young child also suffered a broken leg after a police vehicle accidentally hit her, he said.

The celebratory gathering descended into chaos amid gunfire. Bethel said people at the event grabbed children and pulled them out of harm’s way.

“We’re very, very fortunate today that we didn’t have any other people shot or killed,” Bethel said.

Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker visited the scene of the shooting to speak with community members, her office told the Washington Post. Katherine Gilmore Richardson, city council member at large, said in a statement post on that she was “completely appalled” by the shooting.

“As Eid marks the end of Ramadan and is meant to be a time of celebration, families and community members now face yet another senseless shooting,” Richardson said. “I pray for the victims, their families and the entire Muslim community in Philadelphia.”

Corey Taylor, who said he was the father of the 22-year-old who was shot, told NBC 10 he was “tired of all the violence and nonsense that’s happening.”

“We can do better as a people, like all Homo sapiens, human beings,” Taylor said.


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