Philadelphia Mass Shooting At least 3 people are killed by guns over the weekend.
Six more people were shot and killed, and dozens more were hurt, in Tennessee, Virginia, Arizona, and South Carolina.
At least two men were fighting on a busy street in Philadelphia on Saturday night when they pulled out guns and started shooting wildly at each other. When the shooting stopped, three people were dead and 12 others had been hurt.
A few hours later, there was a mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, right outside a bar. People ran away in fear. There were also three deaths, including one person who was hit by a car, and 14 people were hurt, with most of them getting shot.
At parties in Phoenix, Chester, Virginia, and Summerton, South Carolina, there were mass shootings that left at least three people dead and 22 people hurt, many of them children.
Even though shootings tend to go up as summer approaches, the scenes of carnage over the weekend after massacres in Buffalo, Uvalde, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, left cities shaken but, tellingly, not shocked.
In an interview, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said, “People are afraid to let their kids out of the house.” But he added that there wasn’t much he could say to calm residents who were scared or sad.
Mr. Kenney said, “Words are hard.” “Words aren’t as important as they used to be.”
As of Sunday evening, no one had been arrested in his city, according to the police. Early in the day, there were still empty shell casings all over South Street as police looked for more clues. The area, which is one of the most popular places to go out at night in Philadelphia, looked like a war zone because there were what looked like blood spots on the ground and bullet holes were marked with blue tape on the storefronts.
The night before, there were a lot of people at the bars, restaurants, and music venues in the area. Joe Pepe was eating outside with his girlfriend and some friends at Paddy Whacks, an Irish bar on South Street not far from where the shootings happened. He said that the mood was crazy around sunset, when it seemed like hundreds of teenagers were dancing on top of cars on the busy street.
Mr. Pepe, who is 33 years old, said, “The kids were running up the roofs of the parked cars, making it hard for all of us to enjoy the night.”
Meghan Ford was working at a bar across the street from where the shooting happened. She said that as soon as her evening shift started, “something was in the air” because there were so many teenagers and so much noise.
After that, fights began to happen. About 11:30 p.m., there were a lot of gunshots, screams, and people running away, which was caught on video.
Officers on patrol a short distance away ran to the sound of gunfire, and one of them started shooting at one of the gunmen, possibly hitting him, according to the police. But he dropped his gun and ran away, disappearing down a side street.
Jin Chen was working at Ishkabibble’s, a cheesesteak restaurant on South Street, as a cashier on Saturday night. He said that he heard several gunshots.