Two police officers were shot in the Ben Franklin Parkway area during the Fourth of July festivities, which took place Monday night in Philadelphia. The shooting occurred in the 2500 block of Spring Garden Street around 9:45 p.m.
Several videos on Twitter captured people running in fear, as gunshots rang out at the celebration. The two officers were injured just as the fireworks were starting.
Philadelphia police say an officer assigned to the Montgomery County bomb squad was shot in the right shoulder. Another officer assigned to the highway patrol was injured by a graze on the head.
Both officers were transported to Jefferson Hospital, where they were listed in stable condition. Immediately, the police implemented a police perimeter around the hospital.
The first reports indicate that the shooter or shooters were not in an elevated position or shooting from a building. Versions emerged that the shots may have resulted from the police officers stopping a vehicle.
The shooting sent crowds of people away from the Parkway, the Welcome America concert, and fireworks.
The shots were confused with the fireworks of the celebration, so the policemen requested by radio that the show be finished while the officers took control of the situation.
No suspect has been arrested. The place where the shots were fired has not been determined.
The second shooting during the 4th of July celebrations
This morning another shooting occurred during the 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, leaving six people dead and more than 30 injured. After several hours, the police managed to arrest the aggressor, identified as Robert Crimo III.