Two people were injured when a gunman from a vehicle opened fire indiscriminately into a crowd of hundreds in Fairmount Park early Sunday morning, police said.
About 200 to 300 teenagers gathered on the Belmont Plateau at 1800 Belmont Park Drive in Fairmount Park around 1:20 a.m. Sunday, according to Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Anthony Ginaldi. A black colored sedan stopped. Someone in the car instructed the group to pay before firing into the crowd.
“There were 200-300+ teenagers in the parks here…when the weather gets nicer here, this is a weekly thing,” he told NBC10.
A 19-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man were injured in the shooting, police said.
Officials said the girl drove her private car to a local hospital while officers were on the scene along Belmont Park Drive. She had been shot in her chest and her back. On Sunday, officials announced she was in critical condition.
The injured man turned up at another hospital while she was being treated, officials said.
Law enforcement officials said the man was shot in the leg.
Police say the man’s condition is stable.
Asked if there was a curfew at the time, Ginaldi said the park will close at 10 p.m., but given the size of Fairmont Park, “it would be nearly impossible to enforce a curfew aggressively.” ‘ said.
Officials said an investigation into the incident was ongoing.
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/two-hurt-as-drive-by-shooter-fires-into-crowd-of-hundreds-in-fairmount-park/3592101/ Drive-by shooting into crowd of hundreds in Fairmount Park, two injured – NBC10 Philadelphia