An investigation was underway in Philadelphia after nine people were shot dead outside a bar on Saturday night.
Gunshots rang out in the Kensington neighborhood around 10:45 p.m. outside a bar near Kensington and East Allegheny avenues, FOX 29 Philadelphia reported.
It was initially believed that 12 people were struck, but Philadelphia Police Chief Deputy Commissioner John Stanford confirmed at a press conference that nine people were shot. Two of the victims are in critical condition and the other seven are stable.
FOX 29 reported that the victims were a mix of men and women between the ages of 23 and 49.
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Stanford said officers were patrolling the area when they heard heavy gunfire. Investigators at the scene marked at least 40 casings as evidence.
“We have cheeky people in this town who don’t care. They don’t care how many police are here and some of them don’t care how many people are here,” Stanford said. “We continue to do what we need to do to bring these people into custody.”
Stanford said the shooters were inside a black vehicle lingering in the area when they got out and began shooting toward the sidewalk. The suspects immediately fled.
Although no motive has been determined, police believe the shooters were targeting someone outside the bar.
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Stanford said the mass shooting took place in a busy and populated area. When asked if there was a threat to the public, he said he thought gun violence was a “threat to the public in itself”.
“You should be able to walk down city streets without worrying about gunshots,” Stanford told a reporter.
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Anyone with information about the shooting or the suspects is encouraged to call police at 215-686-TIPS.
Fox News Digital has contacted Philadelphia police for more information, but has yet to hear back.