Bullets that grazed two police officers during Philadelphia’s July Fourth festivities were fired from the same gun – and likely from
Bullets that grazed two police officers during Philadelphia’s July Fourth festivities were fired from the same gun – and likely from a mile away or more, police said.
No arrests have been made as of early Thursday after two officers were grazed with .40-caliber rounds as they stood in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum at about 9:45 p.m. Monday, Officer Tanya Little told The Post.
Investigators do not believe the officers were intentionally targeted. An investigation into the gunfire as roughly 10,000 people along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway were readying to watch fireworks is ongoing, Little said.
“We’re still canvassing for evidence,” she said. “We’re looking for and asking the public if they have video from around that time.”
The rounds were fired from outside of the event site, perhaps from a mile away or more. Philadelphia Police Officer Sergio Diggs, 36, was grazed in the head, while Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy John Foster was struck in the shoulder. Both have been treated and released from a hospital, Little said.
Chief Inspector Frank Vanore told reporters at a press conference Wednesday investigators were still looking into where the shooter fired from or if it was celebratory gunfire, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
“They could’ve been anywhere behind the Art Museum, the south end of the Art Museum,” Vanore told reporters. “Some of the detectives said to me they could’ve been on the expressway or beyond. I have no idea.”
Neither bullet became lodged in the officers’ bodies, Vanore said, prompting investigators to conclude they were likely fired from a great distance.
A police officers’ union is offering a reward of $42,500 for information that leads to an arrest, the Inquirer reported.
Mayor Jim Kenney, meanwhile, took heat for saying he would “be happy” when he leaves office, citing Philadelphia’s ongoing gun violence that leaves him worried that city events will end in bloodshed.
“I don’t enjoy the Fourth of July, I don’t enjoy the Democratic National Convention, I didn’t enjoy the NFL draft — I’m waiting for something bad to happen all the time,” Kenney told reporters. “So I’ll be happy when I’m not here — when I’m not mayor and I can enjoy some stuff.”
In a statement released later Tuesday, Kenney, a Democrat first elected in 2015, took a different approach, saying he had spoke out of “frustration” at the press conference.
“Let me be clear, I’m incredibly grateful to be mayor of this great city and for the people who elected me to lead,” Kenney said. “I care deeply about the safety of our residents and the future of our city, and that’s why I’m disappointed with how I conveyed my sentiments last night. I made Philadelphians feel like I don’t care, and that cannot be further from the truth.”