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Gunfire at Philly holiday gathering kills 2 men, wounds girl

July 5, 2021 GMT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Scores of shots were fired at a west Philadelphia street July 4 gathering, killing two men and wounding a teenage girl, authorities said.

Police said the 22- and 23-year-old men were pronounced dead at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center following the gunfire shortly after 10:30 p.m. Sunday. A 16-year-old girl shot multiple times was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Deputy Commissioner Robin Wimberly told KYW-TV that the gunfire occurred during a gathering similar to a block party although streets weren’t blocked off. Police found scores of shell casings in the street, which Wimberly called “very troubling” — and investigators told reporters Monday that 100 shots or more may have been fired. WCAU-TV reported that bullet holes could be seen in nearby cars and buildings.

Neighbors said the sound of the fireworks going off made it difficult to tell where the gunfire was coming from. No arrests were immediately reported.

Two other men were killed in other shootings. Just before 2 a.m. Monday in a different part of west Philadelphia, a 21-year-old was shot and killed, police said. In north Philadelphia shortly before 11:30 p.m. Sunday, an 18-year-old man was shot to death, police said.