Two people to face charges tied to South Street shooting that left three dead and 11 injured
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced the charges in a press conference on Monday, June 6.
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At least two people are expected to face charges later today in connection with the mass shooting that took place on the night of Saturday, June 4 and left three people dead and 11 injured.
The announcement was made by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner in a press conference on Monday, June 6. The names of the individuals have not been released.
The tragedy, which occurred on one of Philadelphia’s most popular nightlife strips, made headlines across the world and was added to an ever-growing list of mass shootings to occur across the U.S. in the last three weeks. For the city, which has experienced an explosion of gun violence to its worst state over the last three years, it was the tenth shooting of just Friday and Saturday of the weekend. It was also the worst mass shooting seen in the city since at least 2013.
It occurred around 2nd and South Streets in South Philadelphia around 11:30 p.m. as crowds gathered on the sidewalks and streets — a common sight for the section of the city at that time of day, especially during the early Summer.
In videos posted on social media after the shooting, it can be seen that some fighting occurred among the crowds before gunfire erupted between multiple shooters. It sent those same crowds into a frenzied panic, as people ran in every direction towards perceived safety.
In reaction, public officials and leaders from across the region expressed sadness and anger at yet another shooting, and reiterated many of the talking points that have come out in support of some gun control measures amid the mass shootings to hit the nation over the last month.
“Waking up this morning to yet another horrific and gut wrenching mass shooting — this time in my city. Words escape me, but not the pain. Countless lives stolen and ruined because of a gun,” wrote PA State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta on Twitter.
He went on to level blame at the Republican-majority legislature in Pennsylvania, which has shot down every effort at the state level to legislatively control guns.
“This is not a both sides thing,” he later wrote.
In the aftermath of the Uvalde massacre, there have been talks at the federal level to implement some gun control, but it’s slow and in the very early stages.
The upcoming charges announced by Krasner on June 6 are the first tied to mass shooting on Saturday night. They are likely not the last, as four guns were eventually found at the scene.
“Hour by hour we are finding out more information,” he said.