At least three people were killed and 11 others hit by gunfire Saturday night, Philadelphia Police Inspector DF Pace said.
Officers patrolling the South Street area heard gunshots shortly before midnight and observed “several active shooters firing into the crowd,” Pace said.
An officer was “about 10 to 15 yards” from one of the shooters and fired at the suspect, Pace said. “We don’t know if he was hit or not, but the officer managed to get this individual to drop his gun and run away.”
Two handguns were recovered from the scene, including one with an extended magazine, Pace said. But as of early Sunday, no arrests had been made.
The identity of the two men and a woman killed has not been released.
The violence in Philadelphia marked the sixth mass shooting in the United States this weekend, according to the nonprofit organization Gun Violence Archive.
“The rise in gun violence we’ve seen across the country — and here in Philadelphia — not only makes me heartbroken, but angry,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said Sunday.
“Once again we see lives needlessly lost and people injured in another horrific, brazen and despicable act of gun violence.”
Hundreds of people were in the area
South Street is “known as an entertainment corridor” with several bars and restaurants, Pace said.
“There were hundreds of people taking advantage of South Street, as they do every weekend, when this shooting broke out.”
The motives for the shooting remain unclear.
“It is time to act concretely”
The mayor said he was tired of senseless gun violence and called for tougher laws to help stop violent people getting guns.
“We cannot accept continued violence as a way of life in our country. Until we address the availability and ease of access to guns, we will always be fighting an uphill battle,” Kenney said. .
“I will continue to fight to protect our communities and urge others to advocate for stronger laws that keep guns out of the reach of violent individuals.”
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner called for a boycott of National Rifle Association donations and lobbyists.
“Boycott NRA lobbyists, boycott NRA donations, and bring real, common-sense gun regulation to Pennsylvania. Now.”
CNN’s Kiely Westhoff contributed to this report.