Apocalyptic video of Philly crowds running from shooter as fireworks explode in background goes viral
Two officers who were shot and wounded in the attack, were released after being treated at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
A video being surfaced of a horrifying shooting in Philadelphia, where two police officers were shot and wounded, is straight out of a horror movie. The viral clip shows a frenzied crowd running for their lives as the shooter opened fire. Fireworks can be seen exploding above a terrified group of hundreds of people. The gunfire broke out near the Philadelphia Museum of Art around 9:47 pm on July 4.
The shooting took place during the 'Wawa Welcome to America' July 4 event on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. "Both officers were released after being treated at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. They suffered non-life-threatening injuries," Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said. The events surrounding the incident are being investigated and the shooter is still at large. No arrests have been made yet.
Social media is horrified after watching the video. People took to Twitter to claim how one cannot have fun in America without being at the risk of being attacked.
One user on Twitter wrote of the video, "We cannot even have fun without being shot at here in America". Another said, "These mass murders happen every day in America, whether or not you're looking. They didn't happen as frequently during the pandemic because people avoided gathering together in public. Open your eyes."
We cannot even have fun without being shot at here in America— hc (@hjjjjhjkbb) July 5, 2022
These mass murders happen every day in America, whether or not you're looking. They didn't happen as frequently during the pandemic because people avoided gathering together in public.— Haru17 (@AkanesDeadGran) July 5, 2022
Open your eyes.
"This is the most American thing I can think of," one user said, while another wrote, "This is some dystopian sh** right here."
This is the most American thing I can think of— Rob Furious XXII (@RMGingerNinja) July 5, 2022
This is some dystopian shit right here.— qoɔɐſ (@_Itvara) July 5, 2022
The Philadelphia shooting came hours after a gunman, 22, opened fire and killed six people at a July 4 parade in a Chicago suburb. Rapper Robert Crimo was arrested after cops spotted the silver Honda Fit he was last seen driving. Photographs that later surfaced, show the killer being pinned to the ground face-down by police.
At least six people were killed on Monday, July 4, after Crimo, armed with a powerful rifle, opened fire from a rooftop at a Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park. Highland Park Police chief Lou Jogmen had earlier described Crimo as "very dangerous". Panicked onlookers ran for their lives as the gunman opened fire from a nearby rooftop. The shooting began at around 10:14 am, police said.
Police Commander Chris O'Neill said the gunman had a "high-powered rifle" that he used to fire from the top of a commercial building. A rifle was recovered at the scene, as was a ladder attached to the building. Five of the six victims, all adults, died on the scene, while the sixth was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. A total of 26 victims aged between eight and 85 were injured.
Clues of Crimo's horrific plan were uploaded on his YouTube page ZeroTwo in a vlog-style manifesto. Disturbing videos uploaded to his channel showed what looks like an illustration of a mass shooting and another that shows the street where the massacre took place. One of the videos even showed an illustration of cops shooting him.
One of Crimo's videos, a song titled 'On My Mind', shows the shooter in a classroom. In the beginning, Crimo raps about a classmate he has a crush on, before reaching into his bag. The screen goes blank, and the next scene shows the classroom trashed. Crimo operated two channels, both of which were reportedly deleted for 'violating YouTube's Community Guidelines'.