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Philadelphia: 5 arrested after shooting incident at a Ramadan event

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Five people have been arrested and multiple firearms have been recovered after a Wednesday afternoon shooting in West Philadelphia, police say.

According to a CNN report, the shooting incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. local time at Clara Muhammad Square.

Kevin Bethel, Philadelphia Police Commissioner, said this during a news conference after the shooting.

The report further noted that one woman told a local station that there were families, children and elderly people in attendance for Eid al-Fitr, an Islamic religious celebration marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

At some point, a “large volume of gunfire” began, Bethel said.

Police believe two groups in the park started exchanging gunfire. Officers stopped three males and one female suspect who were running, and recovered four weapons, he added.

One person was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his stomach, Bethel said. Another juvenile went to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his hands, Bethel said.

Meanwhile, Najah Bey told the Washington-based broadcaster that “she was enjoying time with her family when she heard shots”. She was attending the nearby event for Eid al-Fitr.

Police swarmed the area (Image: Citizen App)

Bey added that everyone around her began running, screaming and getting on the ground and as she ran, she frantically searched for her son, then her mom, brothers and grandmother.

“We were just running and running and one of my family members got shot in the stomach,” Bey told CNN, adding that it was her cousin who was wounded.

She said “hundreds” of people had been attending the event.

“We don’t know who was shooting, where the shots came from, but people started shooting and everyone just started running. You have babies, elderly people, everybody was just there to enjoy themselves, and now we end up at the emergency room.”

The scene of a shooting in Philadelphia on April 10, 2024. (Image: WPVI)

“You can’t even have a celebration without having to worry about somebody getting shot,” Bey added.

Another eyewitness, Thomas Allen, a 49-year-old local resident, said he was across the street when people began screaming.

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He told CNN he’s part of a non-profit initiative to help young people in Philadelphia get involved in technology and sciences and stay away from violence.

Allen shared that he was disappointed that the shooting unfolded during a religious celebration and was perpetrated at least partly by young people.

“It’s the holy month of Ramadan. Of all my years of living in Philadelphia, I’ve never seen nothing like this,” Allen said.

“It’s unheard of,” he said. “We have to do more to develop our children.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the shooting reports and is on the scene, a spokesperson said.

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