Authorities are searching for several people suspected of opening fire on a crowd outside a Philadelphia bar Saturday night, injuring at least nine people, according to police.
The incident happened just before 11 p.m. in the Kensington neighborhood, Philadelphia Police Department First Commissioner John Stanford said at a press conference early Sunday.
“Multiple suspects” jumped out of a vehicle and opened fire on a crowd outside, Stanford said, then fled in the vehicle.
The individuals “may have seen someone they wanted to shoot, got out of the vehicle and started shooting at the group of individuals that were there,” Stanford said. Police are working to establish a possible motive.
The nine adult victims were taken to a local hospital. Two of the injured are in critical condition and seven others are in stable condition, Stanford said.
The shooting happened in a high-traffic area that officers patrolled heavily Saturday night, he said. A narcotics strike force was conducting an operation along the block Saturday afternoon when officers from the task force heard gunshots.
“We have some shameless people in this city who don’t care. They don’t care how many cops are out here and some of them don’t care how many people are out here,” Stanford said.
At least 40 pieces of ballistic evidence have been found, he said.
The armed men were seen exiting a black vehicle and police are appealing for bystanders to help with additional information. It was a warm afternoon and many people were out and there were many businesses near the scene of the shooting, Stanford said.
“We’re going to try to gather the video and hopefully we’ll be able to get some additional information and some video surveillance that will help us identify who’s responsible for this,” he said. “This is always a busy area.”