Six people – including four teenagers – were shot dead on Sunday at a graduation ceremony in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One adult died as a result of his injuries, the police said. The other wounded adult is expected to recover after the ordeal that took place on the 6900 block of Reed Place in southwest Philadelphia.
The police identified the deceased man as Isiaka Meite, 24, in a statement released with Newsweek Monday morning. Meite died after being shot in the back.
The four teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 were shot in the legs, said Richard Ross, Philadelphia Police Commissioner, to reporters late on Sunday night.
The statement revealed two black men and a black woman at the age of 1
Ross stated that according to CBS Philly, several adults had been shot in "different parts of the body". The police statement made it clear that a black man at age 24 was shot in the right elbow.
Initial reports indicated that a total of eight or nine shots were fired. "Probably people were close together because the shooter or the shooter apparently hit at least one person every turn," said the commissioner. The number of shooters involved was not immediately clear.
Initial evidence did not suggest a fight that triggered the shootout, Ross told reporters. The investigators did not know how the offender or the perpetrators left the scene. "Hopefully there will be some cameras, or some of the people out there will be able to provide more information," he said.
In Monday's statement, police said they were looking for a suspect who shot indiscriminately into the street crowd.
Police have not recovered a gun from the scene and have not yet arrested suspects Investigations are ongoing
Philadelphia has seen a particularly intense weekend, with at least 15 more shootings reported Friday, according to CBS Philly Two dozen victims were injured or killed in the incident, including a 16-year-old girl who was shot in the arm and a mother of five children who were shot and killed in a delicatessen.
April Coleman, 38 "Much miss," her friend Tanaya Kinard said, "It's just a sad thing, beautiful person."
Coleman's friend Diane Washington added, "She did not really deserve that. It's just really sad, so much is going on with people. Her anger is so much in her mind, it's just sad. "
When asked what the police are doing to combat violence Philadelphia, Ross said," We're driving out extra people … We're stepping up our patrols all over City. "
When it comes to" deeply disruptive "incidents like shooting the graduation ceremony, he said that this should be the question asked by others as well as by the police." If you just ask us further, we will do this Never solve the problem. I mean, you need to reach the hearts and minds of people who want to pull a gun and shoot at a group of people. "60 people, incidents … like these are those we need help with."  This article has been updated with additional information from the Philadelphia Police Department. According to the police, the original number of injured persons was corrected by seven people.