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2 policemen shot during 4th of July festival in Philadelphia along Ben Franklin Park Road

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Two security detail police officers were shot and wounded during the July 4 festival in Philadelphia on Monday night.

The shooting happened shortly after 9:45 p.m. in section 2500 of the Spring Garden while the fireworks display was still underway.

Sources told Action News they believe the gunshots came from a location in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art but behind the main stage on the Eakins Oval.

Celebration attendees could be seen running down the Ben Franklin Parkway after gunfire broke out.

A 36-year-old Philadelphia police department highway patrol officer was grazed on the forehead. He’s been in the force for 14 years.

A photo shared by FOP Lodge #5 president John McNesby shows a bullet lodged in the officer’s hat.

“It was a miracle that the circle stopped on his hat. Initially, I think, it went inside, hit his forehead, and then the circle stopped in his hat,” the Commissioner of Police said. Philadelphia police officer Danielle Outlaw said at a news conference shortly after midnight. Tuesday.

The second officer, 44, a Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff assigned to the bomb squad, suffered a gunshot wound to his right shoulder. The deputy sheriff, a 16-year veteran, is assisting Philadelphia police, as law enforcement from surrounding counties often do during major events in the city.

Both officers were transported to Jefferson University Hospital, where they were treated and released early Tuesday morning.

The Highway Patrol and other officers from the Philadelphia police were present outside the hospital, greeting and clapping the injured officers as they returned home to recuperate.

One of the wounded officers can be seen with bandages on his head.

The names of those officers have yet to be released.

Outlaw said officers did not hear any shots being fired.

So far there has been no news of a suspect or any arrests in this shooting. Police are asking anyone with information, or possibly photos or videos of the shooting, to call them at 215-686-TIPS (8477).

The circumstances of this shooting are still under investigation.

Outlaw said it is not yet known whether the shooting was intentional or if officers were hit by stray bullets – or the bullets came from celebratory gunfire.

Mayor Jim Kenney, who was also present at the news conference, wasn’t too wordy when asked about the city’s gun crisis.

“If I can afford guns. I will. But the legislature won’t let us. The US Congress won’t let us. The governor does the best he can. Our attorney general. I do the best I can. But this is a gun country. It’s crazy,” he said.

“We are the most heavily armed country in the history of the world and we are one of the least secure,” he continued. “So, you know, until Americans decide that they want to give up guns and give up the chance to get guns then we’re going to have this problem.”

This shooting occurred just hours after gunfire during the 4th of July parade in Illinois.

Six people were killed and dozens more injured in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago. A person of interest, in that case, is currently in custody.

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