Philadelphia, PA – Two police officers were shot during Independence Day festivities on Monday night.
The incident happened as a large crowd gathered to celebrate Independence Day with a concert and fireworks along the Ben Franklin Parkway when the shooting occurred near the 2500 block of Spring Garden Street at around 9:45 p.m, according to KYW-TV.
The two police officers were shot just as fireworks were starting.
A Montgomery County Bomb Squad officer was shot in the shoulder and a Philadelphia police officer assigned to highway patrol suffered a graze wound to the head, according to WTXF.
Both officers are in stable condition. It is not clear at this time if there are any other people wounded.
No information has been released about who the suspect is or what sparked the gunfire.
Authorities are searching the area for the shooter.
The gunshots caused a stampede of people to flee from the area.
People run for blocks from the Welcome America Festival on the Ben Franklin Parkway after two police officers were shot while working in the area of 2500 Spring Garden Street. A truly terrifying scene on what was supposed to be a night of celebration. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/Bye1OEzQmF— Joe Holden (@JoeHoldenCBS3) July 5, 2022
BREAKING: All available police units in Center City Philadelphia ordered to direct all traffic away from Art Museum/Ben Franklin Parkway area after reports of shootings sent Fourth of July crowds fleeing from the area. Police actively searching for possible shooter(s) @CBSPhilly— Joe Holden (@JoeHoldenCBS3) July 5, 2022
For those looking to reunite with loved ones on the Parkway, please meet at 1901 Vine Street in front of the Free Library of Philadelphia. All others, please avoid the area.— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) July 5, 2022
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