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30 gunshots fired at Philadelphia event; 3 injured, 5 arrested

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April 11, 2024

Multiple people were injured in a Wednesday shooting incident at a Ramadan celebration in Philadelphia. Philadelphia officials reported that three people were shot, and five individuals were arrested.

According to Fox 29, roughly 1,000 people were at Wednesday’s Eid al-Fitr event in Philadelphia to celebrate the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan. Police explained that three individuals were shot at 2:26 p.m. at the event, which was being held near the 4700 block of Wyalusing Avenue.

Philadelphia Police Department officials told reporters that about 30 gunshots were fired during the shooting incident. One of the three people who were shot on Wednesday was a 15-year-old boy. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel told reporters that a police officer shot the 15-year-old in his left arm and left leg when he was ordered to drop a rifle and refused to comply.

Bethel explained that the 15-year-old was quickly transported by the police to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where the boy was later listed in stable condition.

Another 15-year-old was shot in his right ring finger and transported to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia by Philadelphia Fire Department medics. Additionally, a 22-year-old man was shot in the stomach and transported by police officers to Penn Presbyterian Hospital. Both the 15-year-old and the 22-year-old were listed in stable condition.

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Fox 29 reported that a 15-year-old girl was also hit by a Philadelphia Police patrol vehicle while officers were responding to Wednesday’s shooting. The 15-year-old girl was transported to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia by Philadelphia Fire Department medics. The girl sustained a leg fracture but was in stable condition.

According to Fox 29, Philadelphia police officials arrested five individuals in connection with Wednesday’s shooting, including three males, one female, and the 15-year-old boy who was shot by the police. Police officers also recovered five weapons from the scene of the shooting.

While the shooting took place at the Islamic celebration in a park near the Philadelphia Masjid mosque, police officials said the suspects did not appear to be connected with the event. Instead, the police said two groups were firing at each other just before officers responded to the scene.

According to CBS News, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is working with the Philadelphia Police Department on an investigation into Wednesday’s shooting. CBS News also reported that two anonymous U.S. officials confirmed that Wednesday’s shooting did not seem to be a targeted attack.