According to local sources, a mass shooting occurred Monday night in the Kingsessing neighbourhood of southwest Philadelphia, leaving at least four people dead and two more injured, including two children.
According to Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, the subject was taken into custody without a hitch. During the shooting spree, which started at around 8:30 p.m., he allegedly had a ballistic vest on, multiple magazines, an “AR-type rifle,” a handgun, and a police scanner.
According to Fox 29 Philadelphia, multiple kids were among those hurt by the gunshot, including a 2-year-old and a 13-year-old, but it was unclear what condition they were in at the time. The incident claimed the lives of four individuals, aged 20 to 59, according to the police.
The report claims that the shooter carried on firing as police pursued him before cornering him in a back alley on Frazer Street. According to Outlaw, he was subsequently hauled into jail without the authorities retaliating.
The motive is not clear yet.
“We have absolutely no idea why this happened,” Outlaw said. “At this point, all we know is that this person left their home and decided to target individuals.”
Outlaw added: “Thank god our officers were here on the scene, they responded as quickly as they did, I can’t even describe the level of bravery and courage that was shown in addition to the restraint.”
In the vicinity of South 56th Street and Chester Avenue, police were alerted to allegations of a man in a car with a pistol; however, the suspect ran away onto the streets next door, 56th Street and Kingsessing Avenue. Afterwards, according to FOX 29, the shooter went to the nearby Frazer Street.
Around ten minutes later, the suspect—who has not been named—was apparently captured.
Outlaw reported that another individual was detained who police suspect may have retaliated against the shooter during the incident.