Arrest warrants were issued Monday for two suspects in a Saturday night mass shooting in Philadelphia, as police are continuing to work to identify more gunmen in the killing spree that resulted in three dead and 11 injured, audience said. ministries.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said in a press conference that he approved the charges against two suspects “related to what we expect to be non-fatal shootings.”
Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore said arrest warrants have been issued for Quran Garner, who was shot dead by a police officer during the incident and is in custody, and a second person. whose name is not known and who has not been released, remains a fugitive.
UPDATE: Police say Gregory Jackson and two other men attacked and shot a man on South Street who fired back, killing Jackson. Quran Garner, 18, then fired at the group, aimed at police and was shot in the hand by an officer, officials say: https://t.co/baLEdFtlGS
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Pescatore said Garner, who underwent surgery on Monday for an injured hand, faces two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated assault against law enforcement.
The unidentified person is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, serious personal injury, reckless danger to another person, conspiracy, violation of the Uniform Firearms Act, possession of a criminal instrument, tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice.
Citing a security video, Pescatore said the shooting erupted after one of the victims, whom she identified as Micah Towns, had a physical altercation with Gregory Jackson, a 34-year-old man who was killed in the shooting.
Pescatore said Towns and Jackson crossed paths on the same side of South Street when the words were exchanged, sparking a hand-to-hand fight.
“Jackson hits Micah Towns and punches him in the face,” said Pescatore.
She said the suspect who was wanted by name, who was dating Jackson at the time, was involved in the fight.
“Micah Towns gets slammed into a window when they hit him,” Pescatore said.
She said Jackson, who had a valid license to carry a concealed firearm, was seen on video drawing a gun and holding it by his side. She said Towns, who also had a hidden gun license, pulled out his gun and shot Jackson in self-defense, killing him.
Pescatore said the unnamed suspect later shot and killed Towns, who is in serious condition in the hospital.
He said Garner, who was with Towns at the time, would then draw a gun and shoot in the direction the melee was taking place as police converged on the scene.
He said Garner would then point the gun at the officers, who shot and punched him in the hand.
Pescatore said Garner fled the area screaming “he shot me in the hand” and the police lost him in the crowd. He said Garner then contacted other officers dealing with another shooting on Second Street and said he was shot in the accident and taken to hospital.
Pescatore said Garner allegedly fired a Ghost pistol, an untraceable weapon, in the shoot-out and it’s still unclear whether he hit anyone. The pistol also had an extended magazine.
The unnamed suspect remained on the scene to provide medical assistance to Jackson, Pescatore said.
He said the suspect gave the police his name and address and was allowed to leave the scene. It was only after investigators looked at the video that they discovered that the man was involved in the shooting and was filmed picking up Jackson’s gun and handing it to an unidentified man in a blue hoodie, that he succeeded. get away with it.
Pescatore said at least four firearms – three 9mm pistols and a .40 caliber pistol – were involved in the shooting in Second Street, a popular nightlife area filled with bars and restaurants that was packed with hundreds of people when. the shooting broke out.
Philadelphia police officers said officers recovered two firearms at the scene, including one with an extended magazine, authorities said.
“Now for now we are finding out more information,” Krasner said.
Investigators are reviewing security videos to identify other suspects and determine the reason for the shooting, Pescatore said.
He urged anyone with information about the shooting to contact homicide detectives.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at a press conference on Sunday that two of the killed victims were innocent bystanders and many were injured.
One of those killed has been identified as Kris Minners, resident counselor at Girard College in Philadelphia, the Girard College Teachers’ Union Federation said in a statement. Two other victims were identified Sunday afternoon by the Philadelphia Police Department as Jackson and Alexis Quinn, 27.