Baby among 7 wounded in Philadelphia shoot­ing

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Two chil­dren and five adults were in­jured in a shoot­ing at a block party in Philadelphia Satur­day, when a sus­pect ran­domly opened fire on a crowd, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials and lo­cal media.

Philadelphia Po­lice Lieu­tenant John Walker told NBC af­fil­i­ate WCAU that a gun­man shot down a street where peo­ple were gath­ered for a party.

“It ap­pears that ev­ery­body was here for the pic­nic and ev­ery­body just ran ... it looks like they just ran­domly fired down the street and just hit who­ever was in their way,” Walker said.

He said the in­ci­dent was “just a ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion”.

The news sta­tion said one of the vic­tims was an 18-month- old baby who was grazed with a bullet in the neck. The other was a 10-year-old boy.

The other five vic­tims, aged 15 to 25, were taken to hos­pi­tals af­ter the shoot­ing, which oc­curred around 10:00 p.m. (0200 GMT) in the largest city in the north­east state of Penn­syl­va­nia.

Mean­while, in a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent in Detroit Satur­day, one per­son was killed and nine oth­ers in­jured when a sus­pect opened fire at a party on a bas­ket­ball court.

The shoot­ings come af­ter nine African Amer­i­cans were killed in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a sus­pected white su­prem­a­cist.

The mas­sacre has reignited a de­bate about gun laws in the United States.

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