According to the police, unknown persons “shot into the crowd” in a nightlife district in the US city of Philadelphia, killing at least three people. The two men and one woman were declared dead on arrival at the hospital as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, a police representative said on Sunday night (local time). In addition, eleven people were injured by gunfire in the incident in the state of Pennsylvania.

A police officer shot one of the attackers, who then fled, said officer D.F. Pace. The police have seized two semi-automatic pistols, the perpetrators are volatile. “Numerous” ammunition casings were seized on busy South Street.

At the time of the crime on Saturday, shortly before midnight (local time), there were hundreds of people in the area with numerous restaurants and bars, as Pace described, as is usual at the weekend. The police hope to get more information about the crime and to identify the perpetrators through surveillance cameras. So far it is still unclear how many shooters there were and what the motive for the crime was.

The United States has been rocked by several deadly cases of gun violence in recent weeks. A week later, after the massacre in Texas, a 45-year-old shot four people and himself in a hospital in the US state of Oklahoma. The shooter’s target was his doctor, whom he blamed for his persistent back pain after an operation.

About three weeks ago, a gunman armed with an assault rifle shot dead ten people and injured three others in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. According to investigators, this act was racially motivated – 11 of the 13 victims were black.