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Police were responding to reports of two fellow officers reportedly being shot near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as thousands of people celebrated a 4th of July concert and fireworks show.
One officers sustained a graze wound to the head and the other a gunshot wound to the right shoulder, sources told NBC10’s Rosemary Connors. Both were in stable condition at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the sources said.
The gunfire broke out around 9:47 pm near the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the final day of the Wawa Welcome America festival as throngs of people watched a fireworks show following a concert headlined by Jason Derulo on the parkway, police said.
The shots came from the area near 25th and Spring Garden streets, behind where the concert took place, Connors’ sources said.
Various people could be seen running from the area. Police instructed people in surrounding buildings to shelter in place.
“I didn’t hear the shots, but the cops were like, ‘Run, run, run,'” one woman told NBC10.
NBC10 had various reporters in the area covering the festival.
NBC10 reporter Leah Uko reported a “stampede” of people running toward the concert stage. She said she helped three people onto the stage and they took cover behind a DJ podium. A man speaking with the director of the show then instructed them to stay there until it was safe enough to “rush back” to their vehicles, Uko said.
NBC10’s Tim Furlong said he saw a “wave of people” running from near Eakins Oval down the parkway. Several children were crying during what were moments of confusion from the crowd and police officers at the scene, Furlong said.
Fellow reporter Karen Hua reported laying in the dirt inside a tent with other people.
“We made a fort around us with catering equipment. Everyone is crying or screaming,” Hua tweeted.
The Philadelphia Police Department instructed those looking to reunite with loved ones to meet at 1901 Vine St. in front of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Anyone else was asked to stay away.
This is a developing story and will be updated.