According to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, a 36-year-old Philadelphia Highway Patrol officer suffered a grazed forehead wound and a 44-year-old Montgomery County Sheriff’s sheriff suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder, according to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw.
Both officers were providing security at the July 4 concert on Benjamin Franklin Parkway when shots were fired around 9:47 p.m., just before the fireworks went off, Outlaw said.
Neither officer heard the gunshots before they were hit, she added.
“We don’t know if this was a celebratory shooting, we don’t know if this was intentional,” Outlaw said. “We are extremely grateful that this has not been worse than it is.”
The officers were taken to Jefferson University Hospital, treated and discharged, Outlaw said.
Social media video of the incident, which appeared to have been filmed from a nearby building, showed large crowds of people running along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, as lights from police cars and ambulances flashed across the street.
There have been no arrests to date, and no suspects have been detained. Police said they are following a number of leads and are asking members of the public to come forward if they have any information regarding the shooting or video footage of what happened.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said the day had been “comfortable, relaxing,” with good weather and an enjoyable concert.
“But we live in America, and we have the Second Amendment, and we have the Supreme Court of the United States telling people that they can take a gun anywhere they want,” he said. speak. “This is what we have to live with.”
“If I have the ability to take care of a gun, I will. But the legislature won’t allow us, the US Congress won’t allow us,” he added. “This is a gun country.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.