Another Mass Shooting In The United States, This Time In Philadelphia

Here are some details on the latest mass shooting in the U.S

Police work the scene of a mass shooting in Philadelphia. There are markers on the ground indicating evidence.

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Philadelphia Mass Shooting

According to the Gun Violence Archive this shooting marks the 341st mass shooting in the United States this year and there have been seven other mass shootings since. Local police said that at 8:20pm Monday July, 3rd a 40 year-old gunman opened fire in the Kingsessing Section of Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia police said the victims were shot “with an AR-style rifle-with multiple magazines”. The suspect wore a bulletproof vest and a ski-mask. They were on foot “shooting aimlessly at occupied vehicles and individuals on the street as they walked.” One of the vehicles was being driven by a mother with her twin children. Apparently “one of the twins suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, their sibling sustained injuries to the eyes from shattered glass.”

As of right now there are five people dead and two injured. Those killed have been identified as “15-year-old Daujan Brown, 20-year-old Lashyd Merritt, 29-year-old Dymir Stanton, 31-year-old Joseph Wamah Jr. and 59-year old Ralph Moralis.”

The suspect fled the scene being pursued by officers before surrendering in an alley with an additional handgun in possession with the “AR-style rifle” used in the shooting.

Philadelphia’s District Attorney Larry Krasner said “the suspect will most likely appear in court on Wednesday and will face multiple charges including murder.”

The Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney expressed his condolences in a tweet.

This may not bring the comfort the mayor intends. Condolences from public officials seem condescending at this point, because they refuse to exercise their power to protect U.S citizens from gun violence.

Published by HOLR Magazine