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06-2022

Americans on the brink flee suspected shootings amid Fourth of July fireworks display

Fireworks celebrations were interrupted in several cities as panicked crowds fled to suspected gunshots amid the ongoing epidemic of gun violence and mass shootings across the US

The scenes unfolded after six people were killed and dozens more injured by a suspect armed with an assault rifle Monday morning in the normally calm Chicago suburb of Highland Park.

In Philadelphia, police say two officers were shot dead during a Fourth of July celebration in the evening, prompting spectators to run while fireworks kept bursting behind them.

Twitter users have posted footage of the city’s Ben Franklin Parkway showing attendees screaming and running away from the Wawa Welcome America Festival. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the show had just begun before reports of a shooting began to spread through the crowd, causing a rush along the road.

“I did not hear the shots, but the police were like, ‘Run, run, run,'” one woman told local news station NBC10.

Police say officers were injured in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art while working security at the event. A bullet allegedly ate the forehead of one officer and was unlikely to get stuck in his hat; another officer was injured after a bullet ate his shoulder. Both were discharged from the hospital later that evening.

It is unclear where the shots were fired, or whether they were intentional, authorities said. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said she was “extremely grateful that it was not worse than it was,” noting that no one else was shot at the event.

No arrests were made.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he was constantly concerned about gun violence on major occasions, saying he was “waiting all the time for something bad to happen”.

“The weather was beautiful, the concert was beautiful, but we live in America and we have the Second Amendment and we have the Supreme Court of the United States telling everyone they can carry a gun wherever they want,” Kenney said. a news conference said early Tuesday morning. “We need to understand what this country is currently about. We had a beautiful day out there today, except for a nitwit … who had a gun and probably shouldn’t have had one. ”

Other suspected shooting incidents also caused widespread alarm on Monday night.

In Orlando, security video showed what was apparently the start of a rush, started by two people running through a crowd before a flash appeared. People then started running away.

But Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón said authorities found no evidence of shots, according to WESH 2 News.

Another panic erupted in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, after a brawl broke out and firecrackers were fired, local police commissioner Thomas Carter told ABC 27 News. Authorities also found no evidence of gunfire amid the holiday celebrations.

“Next thing you know, we hear someone shout ‘gun’,” one witness said. Children were separated from parents and grandparents during the chaos.

Police named 22-year-old Robert E. Crimo III as a person of interest in the Highland Park shooting, then said authorities arrested him after a brief chase later Monday. Videos that emerged from the bloody scene showed crowds running away from rapid-fire gunfire.

President Joe Biden responded to the Illinois massacre by saying he and First Lady Jill Biden were “shocked by the senseless gun violence that has once again brought sadness to an American community on this Independence Day.” , Biden remarked, “there is much more work to be done” to combat the problem.

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