Three men were injured when two groups fired more than 70 bullets at each other, some from rifles, in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia on Thursday night, police said.
One of the injured, a 30-year-old man, is being held as a suspect after surveillance cameras captured him shooting from his car as two other men got out and also opened fire from same vehicle into another group, the Chief Inspector of the Philadelphia Police Department. Scott Small said.
The shooting happened around 10 p.m. in the Arott and Griscom streets area, leaving a “huge” crime scene as police found dozens of bullets scattered throughout the area, Small said.
Officers heard gunshots and responded within seconds, finding the 30-year-old man in the driver’s seat of a small SUV with a bullet wound in the head, Small said. Officers took him to Temple University Hospital, where he was in critical condition but hoped to survive, he said.
Later, a 27-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his arm and a 28-year-old man with a leg wound went to the same hospital and reported being shot in the same area where the other man was shot. shoot. Small said. Police determined all three were involved in the same shooting.
The 30-year-old is being held as a suspect because police found a semi-automatic handgun next to him on the floor of the vehicle and because surveillance video shows him getting out of the vehicle and opening fire, Small said. . Video shows two other men getting out of the vehicle and firing in the same direction, one using a rifle, Small said.
Meanwhile, another group was shooting in the opposite direction, Small said.
On the 4600 block of Griscom Street, where the 30-year-old was shot, investigators found more than 40 used shell casings, the sheriff said. On the 4700 block of Griscom Street, he said, they found more than 25 used shell casings.
One of the shooters was a 22-year-old licensed man, Small said. Small said the man opened fire because someone was shooting at him, Small said, adding that the man was cooperating with police.
Police hope video from several cameras in the area can aid their investigation, the chief inspector said.
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