Authorities are looking for several people suspected of shooting into a crowd outside a Philadelphia bar Saturday night, killing at least nine, police said.
The gunfire erupted just before 11 pm ET in the Kensington neighborhood, First Deputy Commissioner John Stanford of the Philadelphia Police Department said in a press conference early Sunday.
“Several suspects” jumped out of the vehicle and opened fire on the crowd outside, Stanford said, then fled in the vehicle.
The suspect “may have seen someone that they want to shoot at, exited the vehicle and just started shooting at the group of individuals that were there,” said Stanford. Police are working to establish a motive.
Police say they have not found a weapon or arrested anyone.
All nine adult victims were transported to the hospital, according to police. Five of them, including a 24-year-old Hispanic man, a 25-year-old Black man, a 24-year-old Black man, and two 40-year-old white men, were listed in critical condition.
Four others, including a 23-year-old Black man, a 23-year-old Black woman, and two 24-year-old Black men, were listed in stable condition.
The shooting happened in a high traffic area that was heavily patrolled by the police on Saturday night, he said. The narcotics strike force was carrying out further operations along the block on Saturday evening and officers from the team heard gunshots.
“We have rude people in this city who don’t care. They don’t care how many police officers are here and some of them don’t care about how many people are here,” Stanford said.
At least 40 pieces of ballistic evidence have been found, he said.
The gunmen were seen exiting a black vehicle and the police have asked people in the area to help with additional information. It was a warm evening and there were many people on the streets and there were few businesses near the scene, Stanford said.
“We will try to gather video and hopefully get some additional information as well as video surveillance that can help us identify who is responsible for this,” he said. “This is an area that is always busy.”
There have been 585 mass shootings in the US so far this year, defined as shootings with four or more people injured, not including the shooter, according to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive. At that rate, the number of mass shootings is likely to equal last year’s total of 691.