Philadelphia shooting leaves 9 injured outside bar, multiple gunmen sought

Nine people were wounded, two critically, when several gunmen fired a barrage of at least 40 shots at a crowd gathered on the sidewalk outside a Philadelphia bar Saturday night, authorities said.

The assailants fled the chaotic scene in the Kensington part of the city in a vehicle and remained at large Sunday morning.

Asked at a press conference why the gunmen posed a threat to the public, Deputy Commissioner John Stanford noted the number of injuries and shell casings littering the street outside Jack’s Famous Bar and said, “I think it’s a threat to public safety.”

PHOTO: Police investigate the intersection that was the scene of a shooting that killed 9 in the Kensington area of ​​Philadelphia, November 5, 2022.

Police investigate an intersection that was the scene of a shooting that killed 9 people in the Kensington area of ​​Philadelphia, November 5, 2022.

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The shooting unfolded around 10:45 pm as the neighborhood was bustling with more people than usual out enjoying an unseasonably warm November night, said Stanford.

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He said the group was mingling on the sidewalk outside the bar when some gunmen exited a black vehicle sitting in the middle of East Allegheny Avenue, near Kensington Avenue, and opened fire on the crowd without warning.

PHOTO: Police investigate the intersection that was the scene of a shooting that killed 9 in the Kensington area of ​​Philadelphia, November 5, 2022.

Police investigate an intersection that was the scene of a shooting that killed 9 people in the Kensington area of ​​Philadelphia, November 5, 2022.

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“At this point, it looks like these people may have seen the person they wanted to shoot, got out of the vehicle and just shot,” Stanford said, adding that investigators​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ have not yet determined who was targeted or a motive for it. attack

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Stanford said the shooting happened despite the heavy police presence in the area. He said the officers on foot heard the gunfire and rushed to help the injured man and woman as the shooters ran back to the dark vehicle and fled. He also noted that a narcotics task force is conducting an investigation half a block from where the shooting occurred.

PHOTO: Police investigate the intersection that was the scene of a shooting that killed 9 in the Kensington area of ​​Philadelphia, November 5, 2022.

Police investigate an intersection that was the scene of a shooting that killed 9 people in the Kensington area of ​​Philadelphia, November 5, 2022.

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“We have some brazen individuals in this city who don’t care. They don’t care how many police officers come out here and some don’t care in terms of how many people come out here,” Stanford said.

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He said investigators have recovered at least 40 pieces of evidence of the rampage from the scene and plan to comb through surveillance video from businesses in the area to identify the attackers.

PHOTO: Police investigate the intersection that was the scene of a shooting that killed 9 people in the Kensington area of ​​Philadelphia, Nov. 5.  2022.

Police investigate an intersection that was the scene of a shooting that killed 9 people in the Kensington area of ​​Philadelphia, November 5, 2022.

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He said seven victims were in stable condition and two were critical.

The shooting comes amid a 5% drop in homicides and aggravated assaults in Philadelphia in the first 10 months of this year, compared to the same time period in 2021, according to ongoing police department crime statistics. Philadelphia surpassed its annual homicide record in 2021, recording 562 murders.

ABC News’ Victoria Arancio contributed to this story.

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