Multiple people injured in shooting near Philadelphia Eid event

A mass shooting has taken place in Philadelphia.
A mass shooting has taken place in Philadelphia. Photo credit: Twitter/X @JoshBreslowTV

Four people are in custody and multiple firearms have been recovered after a shooting in West Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon, two sources with knowledge of the incident told CNN.

Multiple people were reported injured, a law enforcement official told CNN.

Reports of a shooting prompted a massive police response into the area near the Clara Muhammad Square around 2 p.m., the official said.

Police believe two groups exchanged gunfire on the street.

At least one officer fired shots at a gunman, the official said.

Two victims were rushed by police to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center with gunshot wounds, and one of them is considered a possible suspect, the official added.

The hospital reported to police that three other gunshot victims showed up there, according to the official.

A woman who says she was attending a nearby event for Eid al-Fitr, an Islamic religious celebration marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, said she was enjoying time with her family when she heard shots. 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," Najah Bey told CNN affiliate WPVI, later sharing 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."

"You can't even have a celebration without having to worry about somebody getting shot," Bey added.

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