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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Authorities in Philadelphia are investigating a shooting that left two officers injured that erupted amid fireworks displays near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Monday night.
According to Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, the incident occurred in the 2500 block of Spring Garden Street around 9:45 pm, just as thousands were attending the Wawa Welcome America festival fireworks display near the art museum.
The shots reportedly left one police officer grazed by a bullet in the head and another shot in the shoulder. Both have been treated and discharged.
“The bullet pierced the agent’s hat but stopped on a photo he had of a priest,” Outlaw explained of one of the officers. “A true miracle,” he added.
Video obtained by TELEMUNDO62 captured how dozens began to run after a shooting was reported near the fireworks display on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
TELEMUNDO62 cameras captured how people ran towards the exits of the event as the police tried to contain the situation.
“It’s really depressing that we’re the country with the most guns and also one of the most insecure,” Mayor Jim Kenney said at a news conference.
“I didn’t hear the gunshots but I saw several policemen running yelling ‘run run’,” a woman told our sister network NBC.
This is what we know so far:
- The shooting was reported around 9:45 pm in the 2500 block of Spring Garden Street.
- A police officer was grazed by a bullet in the head and another agent was shot in the shoulder.
- Both officers were taken to the hospital in stable condition.
- No person has been arrested so far.
The police issued a curfew for residents of the area. Tactical agents were seen entering a nearby building.