Man killed, seven other people shot at Philadelphia graduation party


June 17, 2019


“What you’ve got to get at is the hearts and minds of people who want to pull out a gun and fire at a group of 60 people,” the police commissioner said.

Shown is a Philadelphia Police Department patch in Philadelphia, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


By Alex Johnson | NBC News


A man was killed and at least seven other people, four of them teenagers, were injured when gunfire rang out at a graduation party in Philadelphia on Sunday night, police said.

No one was in custody, and police frustrated after an especially violent weekend said they were concerned about possible retaliation.

Four adults, all believed to be in their 20s, suffered gunshot wounds shortly after 10 p.m., Police Commissioner Richard Ross told reporters near midnight. One of them, a man, was later pronounced dead.

Four juveniles ages 15 to 17 suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, primarily in their legs, Ross said.

The shooting occurred as about 60 people were at a graduation celebration at an address near two playgrounds in southwest Philadelphia, police said.

Ross said that there may have been more than one shooter, that it wasn’t known whether the shooter or shooters fled in a vehicle or on foot and that officers were on the lookout for a potential retaliatory attack.

No other information was immediately available.

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