Shooting Near Philadelphia Concert Wounds Two Police Officers

(Reuters) —

Police respond to a shooting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Monday night. (Audrey Schneider/via REUTERS)

Two Philadelphia police officers were shot near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway late on Monday as thousands of people celebrated a Fourth of July concert and fireworks show with the crowd scattering in panic when shots were fired.

The shooting came hours after a gunman on a rooftop opened fire on families waving flags and children riding bikes at a Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, where six people were killed and over 36 were wounded. 

Both officers in Philadelphia were released from hospital after suffering non-life threatening injuries, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said. Police were searching for the shooter.

Video from the incident showed hundreds of people running from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway after shots were fired.

Kenney said his administration was “pleading with lawmakers” to stop the “flow of guns into our city.”

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