Police responded after two officers were shot near Benjamin Franklin Park as thousands celebrated a July 4 concert and fireworks display, multiple sources told NBC10.
One officer suffered a graze wound to the head and the other suffered a gunshot wound to the right shoulder, sources told NBC10’s Rosemary Connors. Both are in stable condition at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, sources said.
A photograph provided to NBC10 by John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, shows what he says is a bullet lodged in an officer’s hat. Inside the lid is a memorial card for a Philadelphia police chaplain who recently passed away.
Gunfire broke out around 9:47 p.m. near the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the final day of the Wawa Welcome America festival as crowds watched a fireworks display after a concert led by Jason Derulo, police said. on the park road, police said.
Connors’ source said the footage came from the area near 25th Street and Spring Garden Road, behind the concert venue. Many people can be seen running from the area. Police directed people in surrounding buildings to shelter in place.
One woman told NBC10: “I didn’t hear gunshots, but the policeman said, ‘Run, run, run, run.
NBC10 had various reporters in the area covered the festival.
NBC10 reporter Leah Uko reported on a “trampling” of people running towards the concert stage. Uko was interviewing a group of teenagers when an NBC10 cameraman captured the moment everyone, including the clearly distressed children, started screaming and running in panic.
She said she helped three people get on stage and they covered behind the DJ podium. A man who spoke to the show’s director then instructed them to stay there until it was safe enough to “get back” to their car, Uko said.
NBC10’s Tim Furlong said he saw a “wave of people” running from near Eakins Oval down the parkway. Some children cried in moments of embarrassment from the crowd and police officers at the scene, Furlong said.
Correspondent Karen Hua reported lying in the dirt inside a tent with others.
“We have created a fortress around us with catering equipment. Everyone is crying or screaming,” Hua tweeted.
The Philadelphia Police Department directs those wishing to reunite with loved ones to meet at 1901 Vine St. in front of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Anyone else is asked to stay away.
Around 11 p.m., officers could be seen scouring an area from near 19th Street and the parkway to Eakins Oval.
Many people sought shelter at the Parke Town Apartments, which are located just around the corner from the park. They asked residents to “remain calm” during police operations “on site, throughout the community.” All towers of the complex are locked “until we have more information,” the company said in an email.
The residents were then allowed to return. Police officers at the complex told an NBC10 producer that their search there had nothing to do with the shooting.
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This is a developing story and will be updated.