A series of shootings in Philadelphia over the weekend killed three people and injured 16 others in a Democrat-controlled city impacted by growing violence.
One North Philadelphia shooting took place on Sunday, Mother’s Day, as a shooter opened fire on a car with three people inside.
Later that day, a second shooting in Olney resulted in two dead, including one male teenager.
ABC6 reported at least 177 homicides in the city this year, a 32 percent spike over 2020.
“I’m devastated by the unspeakable violence that occurred this weekend across our city,” Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement Sunday night.
“My thoughts are with the victims and their families during this tragic time, and I want all Philadelphians to know that our Administration does not take this issue lightly. No priority is greater for us than reducing violence and creating a safer and more just city for us all,” he added.
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw stated, “The collaboration with our federal partners and the knowledge and resources that these federal agencies provide, are crucial assets to any department.”
Outlaw added, “We will continue to work with our federal, state, and local agencies to increase the quantity of our investigatory work and ultimately, strengthen these cases with federal consequences.”