Shootings in Philadelphia May Have Been Random, District Attorney Says

According to Larry Krasner, the Philadelphia district attorney, killing of 5 people in southwest Philadelphia on Monday night was random act of violence, not a targeted shooting.

In an interview conducted on 56th Street in the Kingsessing neighborhood where the shooting took place, he said,

“It seems to bear a lot of the characteristics of random mass shootings in the United States,” adding, “There doesn’t seem to be much familiarity between these people.”

On Monday evening, a heavily armed gunman wearing a bulletproof vest opened fire in the neighborhood, killing five people and injuring at least two others.

According to Krasner, law enforcement officials are looking "very closely" for any connections between the suspect and his victims.

In the next 24 hours, Krasner expects charges of multiple homicides and weapons offenses to be filed against the suspected shooter.

Police said all the dead were between the ages of 20 and 59, and two children, ages 2 and 13, were hospitalized.

During an investigation in the alleyway behind the 1600 block of South Frazier Street, the police discovered a semiautomatic rifle, a handgun, and another gun.

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