Philadelphia, PA – Two people were killed and four others injured in a mass shooting that took place in Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood early Sunday morning. The incident occurred inside an illegal speakeasy on the 2400 block of Myrtlewood Street.
According to authorities, the victims, ranging in age from 22 to 53, were found at the scene with gunshot wounds. A 53-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot in the head. A 41-year-old man, who sustained gunshot wounds to the chest, was taken to the hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.
Additionally, a 42-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his hand was found at the scene and taken to a nearby hospital. He is expected to recover. Three more individuals, a 22-year-old woman shot in the leg, a 28-year-old man shot in the leg and hip, and a 33-year-old woman shot twice in the arm, arrived at local hospitals in private vehicles. All three are in stable condition.
Police believe the shooter fired at least ten shots, targeting the speakeasy from the street. No arrests have been made, and authorities have yet to determine a motive for the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.
The incident occurred just ten days after Mayor Cherelle Parker and the new police commissioner were sworn in and declared a public safety emergency. Gun violence continues to be a pressing issue in Philadelphia, with this shooting marking the city’s first mass shooting of the year.
As Philadelphia Police continue their investigation, anyone with information about the shooting is urged to come forward and contact authorities.